She attended Oak Grove Elementary and graduated from Franklin County High School in 1970. During her high school years, she was a soloist in the choir, a majorette, and in 1968, she was crowned “Miss Tennessee of Baton Twirling.” She was a lifelong member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ and active in their youth program. But a tragic accident in the fall of 1968 changed her life forever.
She received assoicate degrees in both music and accounting from Motlow State Community College. Afterwards, she operated Greta’s Studio of Voice for twenty-five years. In 1979, she was named an “Outstanding Young Woman of America.” In the early 1980’s, she was named “Tennessee’s Outstanding Woman of the Year with a Disability.” She was the founder and director of the Franklin County chapter of “Sweet Adelines.” She also served on both Governor Ned Ray McWherter’s and Governor Phil Bredesen’s Advisory Council for Vocational Rehabilitation.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gaston and Thelma Barnes Gipson and a sister, Carol Linda Gipson.
She is survived by her sister, Glenda Gipson Partin of Decherd; two nieces, Stacie Partin and Stephanie (Alex) Hiscock of Decherd; two great-nieces, Shelbie Smith and Morgan Hunter; one great-nephew, Austin Scharber; four aunts, Ida Lou Disbrow of Decherd, Iva Sue Huffman and Helen Gibson of Winchester, and Aline Barnes of Cown and several cousins.
Active pallbearers are Steve Macon, Roger Wilcox, Donnie Gipson, Dennis O’Dear, Barry Barnes, and John Maybrey. Honorary pallbearers are former students of Greta’s Studio of Voice.
Visitation will be Sunday, 5-9 pm at Moore-Cortner Fuenral Home, and services will be Monday at 2:00 pm at the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in Franklin Memorial Gardens, Winchester, TN.
Memorial contributions may be made in Greta’s memory to the Oak Grove Church of Christ in Decherd, Tennessee.
Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave. NW, Winchester.