September 2, 1936 – March 19, 2021
William “Bill” Tippit passed away peacefully on March 19, 2021, at age 84. Bill was born in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma. His parents were Carol Lee Tippit and Dorothy Belle Piercy. When Bill was five, his mother relocated her family to Galveston, Texas, where Bill attended school. After high school graduation, he worked his way through the University of Houston, graduating in 1959 with a degree in engineering. He would remain an avid Houston Cougar supporter throughout his life.
Following a stint on active duty as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Bill went to work at Exxon Oil Corporation. Then after a successful 31-year career as an Exxon research engineer and department manager, he opted for an early pension.
However, Bill was far from “retired.” While he was still at Exxon, Bill and two sons, Bill Jr. and Randy, had founded Tejas Testing & Inspecting, Inc., and guided them in further developing the business.
Then in 1993, still with a reserve of untapped creativity and energy, Bill founded and operated Olympia Orchids, a laboratory that specialized in breeding and selling hybrid orchids. He quickly established himself as one of the world’s leading authorities on this process.
Eventually, Bill exited Tejas Testing leaving the business dealings to his sons, sold his orchid laboratory, and turned his attention to a pursuit he enjoyed during his younger days: pool. As with his other pursuits, pool then received Bill’s total commitment. Over the next two decades, both as a competition player and a team captain, his pool-league teams won several Houston Area championships, as well as competed in Texas state tournaments and the annual 10-day Billiard Congress of America national event in Las Vegas. Also, with Tejas Testing serving as his sponsor, Bill conducted a popular annual pro-am pool tournament for skilled players over 55.
During the course of Bill’s varied 84 years, he formed close friendships with people from many walks of life.
Bill is survived by his son Randall Richard Tippit and his wife Anjanette of Cypress, Texas; brother Robert Lon Tippit and his wife Julie of Boerne, Texas; sister Sharon Lynn Hughes and her husband Lloyd of Magnolia, Texas; granddaughter Ashton De Ville, her husband Joe, and their children Warren and Scout of Tomball, Texas; nephew Gatlin Tippit, his wife Paula, and their children Max and Ellee of Spring, Texas; and numerous other family members, as well as friends including: Carl Miller and his wife Dalila; Berne Kluber, his wife Ivonne, and their children Kurt and Kristen; Jamie Moss, his wife Lizette, and their children Kevin and Nicole; Wayne Phillips; and Phillip Tieu.
Bill was preceded in death by his two sons: William Carol Tippit JR and Charles Edward Tippit.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 25, 2021 with the funeral service to begin at 11:00 A.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, 281-992-7200, with Rev. Rene Garcia officiating. Interment will follow at Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Tippit family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.