Lenon Louis Gripper

May 27, 1941 ~ February 28, 2022 (age 80)


Mr. Lenon Louis Gripper was born on May 27, 1941, in North Carolina, to parents, John Gripper and Hallie Christian who preceded him in death. 

Lenon dedicated his life to Christ at an early age. He graduated from William Penn High School and North Carolina Central University with a degree in Physics.  He then served in the Air Force and was in New Mexico from 1965-1968.  Shortly after he moved to California, he began his 28-year career as an Air Traffic Controller.  In 1972 he married Miriam Morris and from this union they had two sons, Lenon Gripper II and Justin Gripper.

Lenon was known by his family and friends as Dad, Papa, Louis and Gripper just to name a few.  But to many he was the dad they never had.  He loved unconditionally and always spoke the truth, even if you didn’t want to hear it.  Lenon helped many and asked for nothing in return.   He made certain that no one around him wanted for anything.  He was funny, honest, generous, caring, serious, very smart and a hardworking man that loved family, friends, fishing and golfing to the fullest.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Orlando Gripper, Donald Ray Gripper; sisters, Shirley G. Linton and Pearline Gripper Monk.

Lenon transitioned on February 28, 2022, peacefully in his home surrounded by family and friends.   He leaves to cherish loving memories a wife of 49 years, Miriam; sons Lenon “Lenny”, Justin (Latisha); grandsons, Tieler Howard and Jaylen Gripper; granddaughter, Penelope Howard; brother, John Lee Gripper; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.  Not to mention his sweet, loyal Maltipoo, Sandi.

A  Graveside Service will be given at 12 noon on Friday, March 18, 2022 at Carolina Biblical Gardens, 5710 Riverdale Rd., Jamestown, North Carolina, with military honors.

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Graveside Service
March 18, 2022

12:00 PM
Carolina Biblical Gardens (Jamestown, North Carolina)

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