Chat Room: Missy Tipton Green

Missy Tipton Green

Missy Tipton Green

Age: 48

Husband: Rick Green

Family: Bethany Blair 27, a hairdresser at Eden Salon, and her husband, Josh Blair, a Blount County deputy; Cody Herron, 15, freshman at Heritage High School and Dusten Green, 19, Denso employee.

Granddaughter: Evie Grace Blair, 9 months.

Occupation: “I work part time at Universal Press Repair, and as a records clerk for Townsend Police Department.”

Missy Tipton Green is a charter member of Cades Cove Preservation Association, and is currently the co-director of the Cades Cove/Thompson Brown Museum. She is the author of the book “Precious Memories,” and is the co-author of “From Mineral Springs to Bed Springs, a History of Resorts and Inns in the Foothills of the Smokies.” She loves to explore in the mountains and hike as well. She’s a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

What was your first paying job?

“Joe’s Drive In at the age 15 for 50 cents an hour plus tips.”

If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?

“Build a log cabin on top of the Smoky Mountains.”

What are you reading currently?

“‘The Choice,’ by Nicholas Sparks.”

What are you guilty of?

“Being a pack rat. I don’t throw anything away, and it makes my husband really upset. I have passed this on to my son, who does the same thing.”

What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?

“I would like to camp (in a camper) and spend about a month just doing whatever I wanted to do without cooking, washing clothes, cleaning house and all of that stuff. Just reading books, hiking, walking and taking pictures.”

What is your favorite material possession?

“My hundreds of old historical pictures and items that belonged to my grandparents and great grandparents.”

Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?

“My great uncle, Lee Tipton. Through doing a lot of talking to him he told me that the greatest gift God gave us was his only begotten son, and the second greatest gift God gave us was our memory. I thought a lot about that and felt the same way that without our memory of things how would we retain and retrieve information. It is a very wonderful gift we have been given. This inspired the title of my first book, ‘Precious Memories.’ I miss my conversations with him.”

When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“Probably a teacher. I was always playing school.”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

“I would have more patience. My son is always telling me that I don’t have any patience. At times, I agree with him, but, then again, he is 15.”

What is your passion?

“Researching Blount County history and Cades Cove history and doing genealogy. I feel that if we don’t preserve our history for generations to come that no one will know what it was like to live in our wonderful county or what life was like in Cades Cove. I guess Cades Cove researching is my biggest passion. I never get my fill of it.”

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?

“William ‘Fighting Billy’ Tipton, my fifth great grandfather. He is someone I have researched and has always caught my attention. We have no pictures of him, and I would love to know what he looked like and what his life was like.”

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

“My mom taught me to be respectful to everyone and then you would get treated with respect. She also taught me to be honest and to always tell the truth.”

What do you hate?

“Snakes, snakes and snakes.”

What is your all-time favorite movie?

“Cold Mountain.”

What is the best book you’ve ever read?

“‘Mallie,’ by Loletta Clouse.”

If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?

“Early 1900s. I would love to live in Cades Cove for a week and do everything they did. I am sure after a week I would be ready to come back to my life of modern appliances.”

What is the best present you ever received in a box?

“I don’t know of my best present in a box, but my best present would be my children. They are very good kids and I love them lots. My best present recently would be my granddaughter, Evie. I didn’t know how much fun it would be to be a grandmother. She is a little princess.”

Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?


Who is your hero?

“Both my mom, Faye Tipton, and my dad, Wayne Tipton, are my heroes. They have been good parents and I have learned a lot from both of them. The best gift they have given me is to be faithful to God and to trust in him for everything. For that I am very grateful to them.”

What was your first car?

“A Black 1976 Mercury Capri, 4-speed.”

What’s your favorite all time song?

“‘Precious Memories,’ how they linger, how they ever fill my soul.”

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