Edtior’s note: The Alvin Advertiser will reprint A “FRIDAY LOVE AFFAIR,” which was a 1999 feature on Joe Lipscomb in in the Wednesday May 20th Alvin Advertiser.
The Alvin and AISD communities are both mourning the loss of Charles Allen “Joe” Lipscomb, who went home to be with the Lord on May 3.
Lipscomb was born in Greenville, Texas to Lorena and Ernest Lipscomb on Dec. 11, 1932. He was married to and is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Christie Lipscomb. Joe and Nancy were both members of the First United Methodist Church in Alvin.
He was a longtime supporter of Alvin High athletics and touched many student athletes lives, along with those around the Alvin Community and Brazoria County, as well. Lipscomb also possessed a great love for love for trains, high school football (especially the state playoffs), the Dallas Cowboys and both the Alvin Lady Yellowjacket and Baylor Lady Bears’ softball programs.
One of Lipscomb’s biggest thrills was also seeing the 2008 Lady Yellowjacket squad win the State 5A Championship at McCombs Field in Austin.
Alvin ISD Athletic Director Michael Bass released this statement on behalf of the school district:
“Our hearts were saddened with the passing of Mr. Joe Lipscomb. Mr. Lipscomb was a great friend of the Alvin ISD Community, the AISD Athletic Department and to me.
“Mr. Lipscomb volunteered his time many years ago as press box worker (announcer and clock operator) and up until a few years ago, still attended several sporting events (football, basketball, softball and baseball). Mr. Lipscomb was one of Alvin ISD’s longest season ticket holders for football games at Memorial Stadium.”
Lipscomb also received the privilege to witness such Texas gridiron icons over a six decade span, such as Doak Walker, Bobby Layne, Tommy Noble, Johnny Bailey, Earl Campbell and Drew Brees during their high school playing days. Those icons came courtesy of many road trips to Dallas, Waco, Austin, Round Rock, College Station and Odessa.
In a 1999 feature on him in the Alvin Advertiser’s Fall Sports section, Lipscomb cited “the enthusiasm of the kids itself, the coaches, the cheerleaders, the band, the entire atmosphere of high school football” as the biggest reasons for his passion for the sport.
Lipscomb went on to say “it’s been a great life to have a family that’s been willing to let me do the things I have.”
He was a 1951 La Marque High School graduate and then served as a fireman with the Santa Fe Railroad. Lipscomb then turned in a 30-year career as a pipefitter at Monsanto/Sterling Chemical Company in Texas City, before beginning his second career as a bailiff for 27 years at the Brazoria County Courthouse, retiring in 2017.
Lipscomb was also the city commissioner while living in Hitchcock (1966-72) and the football public dress announcer for both the Hitchcock and Alvin Yellowjacket (1991-95) teams.
He is also survived by his three children, Christie Lynn Farrar and husband Doug; Kenneth Wayne Lipscomb and wife Mary; and Douglas Allen Lipscomb and wife Emily; grandchildren Christopher Farrar and wife Marie; Nicholas and Amanda Lipscomb and their mother, Susan Pullig Lipscomb; Jennifer and Thomas Lipscomb. Lipscomb is also survived by two great grandchildren, Paige and Reese Farrar.
The family plans a private graveside service with a celebration of Joe’s life taking place at a later date. Condolences may sent to the Lipscomb family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com
Lipscomb’s obituary was also published in today’s Alvin Advertiser.
The 1999 feature on Lipscomb has also been uploaded on both the Alvin Sun’s website, alvinsun.net and the Sun and Advertiser’s Facebook page.