Joey Lipham

(NEWELL) A graveside service for Joey "JoJo" Lipham, 60, of Newell will be Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Harmony Congregational Methodist Cemetery with Bro. Brian Moore and Bro. Wendell Ford officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday. The family asks that anyone attending the visitation to please wear a mask and social distance.

Mr. Lipham passed away Wednesday, April 7, at UAB Hospital.

A lifelong Newell resident, Mr. Lipham was born in Franklin, Ga., on Nov. 11, 1960, the son of Billy Fred and Delane Butler Lipham. He was a member of Harmony Congregational Methodist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent and a Sunday school teacher for a number of years. Mr. Lipham was a 1979 graduate of Woodland High School, a member of Newell Volunteer Fire Department, and owner of Lipham Spreader Service for over 30 years. He also received the Randolph County Fire Association Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019-2020 and was a member of Randolph County Cattlemen's Association.

Survivors include his parents, Billy Fred and Delane Lipham of Newell; sister, Jerolene East of Wedowee; nieces, Nicole Gowens (Josh) and Noelle McCain (Colton), both of Newell; great-nephews, Paxton Gowens and Parker Gowens; great-nieces, Pazlyn Gowens and Lydia McCain; and his faithful pet, Buddy. Mr. Lipham was preceded in death by his grandparents, Troy and Velma Butler and Shelley and Addie Lipham, and his brother-in-law, Greg East.

Pallbearers will be Steve Spratlin, Ben Johnson, Greg Daniel, Wes Woodard, Wayne Meadows, Jay Herren, Ocean Boyd, Dusty Shelton and Shannon Richardson. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Kilgore, Pierce Meadows, Brent Knuckolls, Josh Gowens, Colton McCain, Paxton Gowens, Parker Gowens, Pazlyn Gowens, Lydia McCain, his classmates, the men of Harmony Church, and Newell Volunteer Fire Department.

Memorials may be floral, or donations may be made to Harmony Congregational Methodist Church's Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at

Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.

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