Kenneth “Speck” Ray Sipes Sr., 87, of Statesville, N.C., passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021, at Accordius Health of Statesville. He was born Friday, May 26, 1933, in Iredell County to the late James Walter Sipes and Winnie Faye Miller Sipes.

In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by nine siblings.

Ken is survived by his wife of 66 years, Wilma Yoder Sipes of the home; four sons, Kenneth Ray Sipes Jr. and wife Phillis of Sherrills Ford, Michael Lynn Sipes, Thomas Andrew Sipes and wife Kristy, and James Monroe Sipes, all of Statesville; six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Ann Tavenner will officiate. The body will lie in-state from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home. CDC Covid-19 Guidelines will be strictly followed.

Chapman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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