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AT THE REQUEST OF THE FAMILY, PLEASE NO FLOWERS
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS PLEASE DONATE TO:
RET. LTC VENCENT W. TRIPP EDUCATIONAL FUND
900 YI DR. UNIT A. KILEEN, TX 76549
Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Master Paratrooper, and Airborne Ranger Vencent Windell Tripp’s incredible life journey began when he was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Lee, Sr., and Dorothy Ruth Tripp on August 11, 1962. Vencent was raised in a loving home as the knee child, number six out of seven children. Known affectionately by his peers as “Bennie,” he dedicated himself to leading
a life of service with a grateful heart. As a faithful man of God, he made it his mission to look out for the less fortunate and render praise and gratitude to the Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. He
transitioned to eternal rest on Sunday night, December 17, 2023.
At 11 years old, Vencent was baptized at his home church, New Calvary Baptist Church, Norfolk, Virginia. He always carried a passionate and fiery fighting spirit for the Lord. At Truitt
Junior High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, he fell in love with wrestling as a 62-pounder. He soared through the wrestling ranks as a junior high school champion. Simultaneously,
mastered his artistic prowess by earning the first chair playing the trombone and commandeering a place in the All-City Band when he auditioned annually.
In May 2006, Vencent was inducted into his High School, Oscar F. Smith, Chesapeake, Virginia, Sports Hall of Fame for three sports: Football, Wrestling, and Track and Field. This achievement contributed to the school's championships in each sport played. When this bright young man matriculated, he developed a unique and long-lasting experience supporting his exciting future journey. He would attribute this to the active involvement of his parents and the rich, diverse relationships he cultivated with students, faculty, and friends. He earned a full scholarship in wrestling where he attended Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk, Virginia. While attending ODU, he joined the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) and the Distinguished Men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, Omicron Iota Chapter, Fall 1983. He earned his bachelor's in education, commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, and entered the United States Army on May 17, 1985. He later earned a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan State University.
Vencent continued to live life filled with faith, laughter, accolades, and no vegetables. He always called himself a “True Vegetarian” who respected vegetables’ natural habitat and left them right
where they belonged, in the ground. In 1988 and 1992, he was an All-American wrestler and alternate on the Olympic team. During this time, he was supported by his friend and trainer, Marty Schweitzer, at ODU.
He loved his military career, where he primarily specialized in Air Defense Artillery, and often told everybody that he was “so happy that he could beat up people. and get paid to do it.” He served overseas tours in Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Across the United States and other countries, he is well known as a Master Tactician, Platoon Leader, Commander, and much more. His awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with a Bronze Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Overseas Ribbon. He earned the following authorized badges: Master Parachutist, Ranger, Air Assault, and two foreign wings: British and Saudi Arabian.
After 28 years of service, Lieutenant Colonel Tripp retired and embarked on his next greatest journey by marrying his beloved wife and soulmate, Mary Maglene Tripp, while completing his
second career at Union High School, North Carolina, as a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Senior Army Instructor and Mentor of future leaders. Under his guidance, the program
was awarded the "Unit with Distinction'' and received the highest JROTC Program Assessment (JPA 98.25), the highest score in North Carolina in 2016. He is well known by many for his love.
of the Lord, life, and people, his high energy, and endless enthusiasm.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lee, Sr., and Dorothy Ruth Tripp; one sister, Althea Jane Tripp; three uncles, George Patrick Tripp, Alonzo Tripp Jr., and James Tripp Sr.; six aunts;
Katie Louise Jordan, Fannie Brantley, Francis Collins, Annie Jane Hill, Mary Thomas Tripp, and Jeanette Kelly.
He is survived by his wife Mary M. Tripp, three daughters, Joyia Seantequia Fields of Copperas Cove, TX, Katrina Maria Tripp of Silver Spring, MD and Teairia Emon Parris of Copperas Cove, TX; two sons, David Pipes of Chicago, Illinois, and Sir Darius Romello Brown of Killeen, Texas. seven grandchildren; siblings, Brothers; John Lee Tripp Jr., of Boise, Idaho; Patrick Henry Tripp
of Fairburn, Georgia; and Duncan Alexander Tripp of Chesapeake, Virginia; sisters, Denise Gipson and Teresa Tripp Whitehurst, Chesapeake, Virginia. He also leaves a host of nieces,
nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, friends, and his beloved brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and sisters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Saturday, January 13, 2024
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