Crestview Head Start supporters remember former director

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 07:06 PM.

She helped her successor with grant writing, even when she was restricted to a bed, friends said.

‘The community didn’t appreciate her enough’

Crestview resident Deadra Wilson, who worked with Tippens for 25 years, said she felt that Tippens didn't get the send-off she deserved. She said that many residents, including her, were unaware of Tippens’ death until several weeks after the fact.

"Her family felt like the community didn't appreciate her enough," Wilson said. "Now I am making sure that they know."

The public, especially those who have benefited from the Head Start program, may commemorate Tippens on Saturday at Beulah First Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach.

Crestview Mayor David Cadle and Fort Walton Beach Mayor Mike Anderson are expected to attend the event, Wilson said.  

Supporters are asked to wear the Head Start program colors of red, white and blue. 

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