Zebbie Tipton Brandt

April 6, 1955 ~ June 9, 2014

Zebbie Tipton Brandt, 59, Johnson City, died unexpectedly Monday, June 9, 2014 while vacationing in Honduras. Zebbie was born April 6, 1955 in Erwin, TN to George and Jessie Tipton. She received a BS degree in social work from ETSU and her master's degree from The University of Tennessee. Zebbie worked for Frontier Health prior to her current position with the Veterans Administration, Mountain Home, TN. Zebbie was an active member of Poplar Ridge Christian Church in Piney Flats and belonged to the Willing Workers Sunday School class. Zebbie loved being outside and around water, whether on a boat fishing, jet skiing, or scuba diving. She loved helping people and was very active with serving others through the Loaves and Fishes ministry. Her pride and joy were her two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by: her father, George; son, Jason Chad Campbell; and brother, Donald Tipton. Survivors include: her loving husband, Fred Brandt, of the home; two sons, Josh Campbell, and his wife Jessica, Boones Creek, and Justin Campbell, and his wife Lura, Jonesborough; mother, Jessie Tipton, Erwin; three brothers, Danny Tipton, and his wife Judy, Flint, MI, Johnny Tipton, and his wife Sue, Nashville, and George Tipton, and his wife Carol, Abingdon, VA; one sister, Elaine Banner, and her husband Gerald, Erwin; one step-son, Stephen Brandt, Hamilton, Montana, and his wife Deana; two step-daughters, Stacey Nadeau, and her husband Rick, Vienna, VA, and Rose Brandt, Tysons Corner, VA; two grandchildren, Layla and Leighanah Campbell; and six step-grandchildren, Jason, Ben, and Megan Nadeau, Johnathon Brandt, Austin Minnick, and Channing Blaylock. The family of Zebbie Brandt will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM, Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Morris-Baker. The funeral service will follow at 12:00 PM in the Morris-Baker South Chapel. Mr. Roland Whittemore, Minister, will officiate. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Jimmy Dempsey Scholarship Fund, c/o Poplar Ridge Christian Church, 206 Poplar Ridge Circle Rd., Piney Flats, TN 37686. (423) 538-6057

Memories Timeline


  1. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie will truly be missed by her co-workers and all of the Veterans at the VA. My thoughts and my prayers are with her family.

  2. Anonymous says:

       When I first came to the V.A. from ETSU I was having trouble with my computer, just  trying to get a simple task to work.  Zebbie introduced herself to me and asked if I was having trouble. That convinced me that not only was I not just a computer idiot but also a very bad poker player too. Zebbie suggested all manner of fixes but none worked. Zebbie waved people in as they walked by at the end of lunch that day. Soon I had met most of the people down my hallway and even though no one had a solution to my problem with the computer, I felt much better getting to know to know my hallmates from one of Zebbie"s instant parties.

        Her loss will felt here for quite some time. Heaven will love her. 

  3. Anonymous says:

    Although I did not have the pleasure of personally meeting Zebbie, she was a very valued member of our VA community and I wanted to personally extend my sympathy to her family and closests friend for their loss of such a dear person.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Always admired Zebbie’s passion and her dedication to helping others. Proud to have been her friend and colleague. My deepest condolences.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Debbie was a very special person who will be greatly missed by all.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Debbie will be missed by the many many Veterans she has helped over the years. I’ll miss her professionalism, her calm demeanor, and her beautiful smile. My prayers go out to her family.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Debbie’s daily walk was always helping others, be it a Veteran, or a co-worker. Her beautiful smile will be greatly missed by her VA family. Our hearts and prayers go out to you during this time.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Heaven gained another Angel.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Her smiling face will be greatly missed!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of Zebbie. She was such a wonderful person and we will miss her so much at the VAMC. I will miss her beautiful gentle spirit and beautiful smile. Praying for you all

  11. Anonymous says:

    I only knew Zebbie for a short time, but she had such a kind spirit and a zest for life that made her a wonderful person to be around. The VA employees with whom she worked and the veterans that she served will truly miss her.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I want the family to know what a delightful, enjoyable person Zebbie was. We spent many hours discussing how to improve the Acute psychiatric services at our respective hospitals. Zebbie was always very concerned about the veterans recovery. She kept t

  13. Anonymous says:

    I will always remember that laugh.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I’m hard pressed to name a person with more joie de vivre than Zebbie! Even in the face of this tragic loss, I find myself smiling at her world view and remmebering how passionately she would make the case for stepping outside the box to meet a patient’s

  15. Anonymous says:

    Im sorry for your loss, Zebbie’s smile and sweetness will be missed!

  16. Anonymous says:

    In memory of Zebbie’s sweet, gentle soul. We will miss you at our VA.

  17. Anonymous says:

    It breaks my heart that Zebbie is gone so suddenly. I pray for peace for family and friends as they cope with the loss of Zebbie.

  18. Anonymous says:

    It was a pleasure to work with Zebbie. She was a champion for those struggling to deal with mental illness. I had the chance to work closely with her for several years, and her enthusiasm for her job, her work, and those she served always amazed me. I kno

  19. Anonymous says:

    James H. Quillen VA Medical Center has lost an employee that was truly dedicated to the Veterans that she served. A great person and friend who will be missed.

  20. Anonymous says:

    living large and always a smile. Thank you for the happiness u have brought to many.Rest in peace my friend.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Brandt, Stephen, Deana and Family, Although I did not know Zebbie, it is so obvious by that huge smile of hers that she was a happy, beautiful person. I am so very sorry for your loss and I hope you will be comforted in time by wonderful memories of the times you shared with her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this sad and difficult time.

  22. Anonymous says:

    My Deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family.

  23. Anonymous says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  24. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Zebbie’s family at this very difficult time.

  25. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts and prayers going out to Zebbie’s family. She will be greatly missed.

  26. Anonymous says:

    OUr thoughts and prayers are with you today.

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  28. Anonymous says:

    Psalm 121

  29. Anonymous says:

    Sending my love and prayers!

  30. Anonymous says:

    She had the most gentle spirit and kind heart.

  31. Anonymous says:

    She was a loving person, and she shared her warm spirit freely with everyone around her.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Such a great loss to our Veterans. God bless.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Such sad news. Will miss our sweet next door neighbor. Sympathy to her family at this time of loss🙏

  34. Anonymous says:

    The loss of her positive attitude and cheerful spirit is difficult to accept. She obviously touched so many lifes. One cannot think of her without picturing a smile.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Though you have left us, your presence will alway be felt here.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Thoughts and prayers for the family. Zebbie will truly be missed. She was caring and enthusiastic in all she did.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Will always rember Zebbie’s mischievous smile and laugh. You will be missed! Love and peace to her family.

  38. Anonymous says:

    You all are thought of today with special prayers of comfort. Zebbie always had a smile, encouraging word and positive outlook. She will live on in my heart. God Bless

  39. Anonymous says:

    You will always be in our hearts and an inspiration to us all. May God envelope you in His warmth and love.

  40. Anonymous says:

    You will be missed so much by so many. Your work and presence at the VA were appreciated by everyone you came into contact with. Thank you for being a great friend, role model, and mentor to me. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie always had a kind word and sweet smile. She was soft spoken but her passion and zeal for life-along with her compassion and hard work for others-spoke volumes. We will miss her greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie had a bright smile and a gentle spirit and she will be missed. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” —Tuesdays with Morrie Thoughts and prayers for all of her family.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie had a very wonderful spirit and senses of honesty, caring and compassion in all of her works and doings. She will be greatly missed in our lives and we should be thankful for having met her and sharing parts of our lives with her. I for one won’t

  44. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie had a way about her that made everyone feel comfortable regardless of the situation. She was such a compassionate, loving and fun person. She was truly a wonderful therapist, social worker and friend. I will miss you Zebbie. My thoughts are praye

  45. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie had the sweetest spirit and will be greatly missed

  46. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie has always been an inspiration for those in recovery. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this time.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie helped me through an extremely rough time in my life. Without her guidance I would not have made it. Today heaven has another angel.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie offered wonderful examples of living fully in each moment. Her optimism, hope and warmth will live on in so many.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie truly beleived in the potential of people to recover and overcome. She loved the Veterans that she worked with and they loved her. I will miss you.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie truly made a positive difference in the lives of others. Zebbie will be missed.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie was a wonderful co-worker and friend. She was so caring and kind, always smiling and friendly. She took excellent care of our veterans and truly enjoyed her job. We will all miss you Zebbie!

  52. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie was a wonderful person and very dedicated to serving Veterans in need. We will miss her so much. Prayers and thoughts to her family.

  53. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie was always a delight to be around. Her concern for others always was at the center of her attention. The Veterans and your co-workers will cherish your memory. We will miss you dearly. Prayers and thoughts to your family.

  54. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie was always smiling. She will be greatly missed.

  55. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie was an amazing lady filled with love and compassion for everyone she met. Her smile would light up a room. She will be greatly missed.

  56. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie was such a kind and gentle person. Always smiling. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  57. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie will be greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. She was such a kind person and had a smile for everyone. This world was a far better place with her in it. Rest in peace Zebbie, my thoughts and prayers to the family for t

  58. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie will be missed by our staff.

  59. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie will be missed greatly at VAMC. She was a beautiful soul who touched the lives of many with her smile, kindness, and compassion. My prayers are with family and friends, may God Bless you all during this time and in the days ahead.

  60. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie will be missed greatly! She had such a soft and caring spirit to all that met and knew her. My prayers and thoughts are with her and her family!

  61. Anonymous says:

    This is the Zebbie Bradnt I knew. Six months ago my father passed away before Christmas. When Zebbie found out, she did not ask if I wanted her to come, she said "I am on my way." Within 30minutes she was pulling in my driveway. She stayed with me that day and the next day she was there to drive me to the funeral home for arrangements.  The whole time my heart was breaking, Zebbie stood by my side and put her hands on my shoulders and sit with me until I was ready to stop and get back to making the arrangements.  I never will forget this. Zebbie also helped me to keep my focus on taking pictures of the items to be buried with my father and arranged them in such a way that this was priceless. I now have those pictures of those items he dearly loved that are now with him. Otherwise at that time I would not have remembered to do this. I just want her family to know how much she meant to me during this time of grief and loss. She will always be in my heart and never will i forget such a treasured friend. My prayers are with you all.

  62. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie was always so full of life.  She really loved the Veterans and her care and concern were an inspiration to everyone around her.  No matter what the task, she put her whole heart into it.  She will be greatly missed.

  63. Anonymous says:

    Best Bud and true friend who will forever be remembered. My heart is broken. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family. She loved life. I will miss her smile, laughter, and voice. But as my neice says “God called another angel home.”

  64. Anonymous says:

    I fondly remember Zebbie’s gentleness and her immutable optimism. She left us better than she found us.

  65. Anonymous says:

    I had the pleasure of working alongside Zebbie at the VA on the psychiatric ward. She was always patient and helpful in every interaction even under stressful situations. She was a wonderful human being and will be severely missed.

  66. Anonymous says:

    I knew Zebbie from her work as the Local Recovery Coordinator at the Mountain Home VA. I so enjoyed her sweet Southern accent and her friendly, out-going personality. She was dedicated and compassionate in her work with Veterans. She will be greatly missed. My most sincere sympathies to her family.

  67. Anonymous says:

    I will miss Aunt Zebbie’s voice, smile and laugh. This last year my mom, dad, me, my kids, zebbie and Layla were able to spend some good, fun time together. Last summer we spent time at the beach in MI and watching firworks. Zebbie got stung by a bee o

  68. Anonymous says:

    It is with great regret to hear of the tragic loss of our fellow LRC. My heart and prayers are extended to her family.

  69. Anonymous says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and to Zebbie’s family in this tragic loss. Fred, I know for certain that your heart is breaking. Love and prayers, Charlotte

  70. Anonymous says:

    My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of this wonderful soul. Thank you for all you did to help us Veterans. You will be missed.

  71. Anonymous says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with all the family members. May God give you peace and comfort during this time.

  72. Anonymous says:

    She was loved by all and will be missed by all.

  73. Anonymous says:

    The LRC community of the VA will miss one of our own!

  74. Anonymous says:

    With fond memories Zebbie, I remember you! I will pray for your family.

  75. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie seemed fearless and loved her family and life to the fullest. She seemed to have lived more during her short lifetime than those who have lived much longer. I will miss her. She welcomed me into her family and was a fun and wonderful sister-in-law.

  76. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie was one of the first people I met when I arrived three years ago. Her death is such a shock. In every encounter we shared, I saw evidence of the Spirit that lived within her…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentlene

  77. Anonymous says:

    Below are just some of the comments received from VA Local Recovery Coordinators around the country. Zebbie was a vital part of our network and will remain in our hearts forever. We thank her family for sharing her with us, and we grieve with you over her loss.

    My fondest memories of my first LRC Conferences were the very warm, genuine, and committed folks I met and who showed me the way. Zebbie was in the group I went to dinner with several times and joined our VISN 16 pack. Her manner was so affirming, her smile so infectious, and her sense of humor twisted enough that she fit right in. We have lost one of the best! She is missed!

    She will be missed by many. Such a shock.

    I know our collective hearts are heavy with sorrow and sympathy.  May her memory be a blessing.

    Very sad news, my heart is heavy.

    Zebbie and I spent hours on the phone discussing how to implement recovery practice on the inpatient units and how to work with Leadership around these issues.  We often felt like annoying but always friendly little dogs  advocating for veterans and their recovery.  I will miss her and miss our discussions.  God’s restful peace to her as she travels the journey home. 

    We will miss Zebbie and her wonderful smile.

    She was so sweet!

    So sad.  

    Heartbreaking news.

    That is just so sad…… I remember her from several conferences and she was so nice and fun……

    I will miss her sweet Southern accent and her positive and can-do attitude. 

    I can’t express how terrible it is to hear of this news.

    That is so sad!  She was a wonderful person.

    I’m stricken with this news. It just took all the wind out of my sail.

    Sad for the whole crew.  She has always been such an active member of the team.

    Sad news indeed.  May we be comforted by our memories of her, her laughter and that incredible smile. 

  78. Anonymous says:

    A beautiful soul ! Will miss her much ! We love love u Zebbie!

  79. Anonymous says:

    Enjoyed working with Zebbie, she will be missed..

  80. Anonymous says:

    Fred,my old and dear friend,Candy and I are very saddened to hear of your loss.I know you and her family will miss Zebbie so very much.

  81. Anonymous says:

    Gone too soon and missed as a co-worker.

  82. Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry for you loss. I will keep you and your family in our prayers. I only knew Zebbie a short time but she was such a sweet person and would brighten anyone’s day. I am saddened by her loss.

  83. Anonymous says:

    I am Zebbie’s cousin and live in Oregon. She was always kind and fun to be around. Her smile could brighten your day. I am going to miss her and send my prayers to the family.

  84. Anonymous says:

    I feel so lucky to have known Zebbie. I will miss her bright smile and incredible sense of humor. She could make you laugh even on the worst of days. She will be missed by many.

  85. Anonymous says:

    I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Asking God to give you comfort and strength at this most diffcult time.

  86. Anonymous says:

    Lighting a candle for a precious friend that showed the Light of Jesus through her life everyday. She will be missed by many!

  87. Anonymous says:

    May God comfort your broken heart.

  88. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts and prayer

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  90. Anonymous says:

    Praying for your family. So sorry for your loss. Zebbie was on several dive trips with me and I especially enjoyed spending lots of time talking to her last year in Cozumel. It was a special trip with wonderful Christian fellowship.We will miss her here and will rejoice when we reunite in Heaven. Karen Smith

  91. Anonymous says:

    Rest peacefully in Jesus’ loving arms.

  92. Anonymous says:

    She was a wonderful woman who truly cared about those whom she served.

  93. Anonymous says:

    SUper person wonderful to have had the pleasure of knowing her

  94. Anonymous says:

    The world is a better place because of your efforts.

  95. Anonymous says:

    We all are going to miss her so much! She has always been someone I truly loved & adored! Have so many good memories. I will miss you, Zebbie. My love to all the family.

  96. Anonymous says:

    We will miss your generous loving spirit; thank you for serving America’s Valiant Heroes. Psalm 23

  97. Anonymous says:

    You went too soon but know God has plans for us all. We will miss you, Zebbie!!

  98. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie always brightened the day, you will be truly missed.

  99. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie loved her family very much! My heart goes out to each and every one. God took another angel home with him. Prayers are with you.

  100. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie was a such bright light…she will always be with us in spirit. My prayers are with her dear family at this time.

  101. Anonymous says:

    Zebbie was a true light in her work at the VA. She will be missed.

  102. Anonymous says:

    I really enjoyed working with and getting to know Zebbie. She was a really wonderful person that lit up the room with her smile, demeanor, wonderfully fun stories, and her warm, genuinely honest, gracious personality and passion for life, that is rare, u

  103. Anonymous says:

    Just wanted to send my heartfelt sympathy to the family. I have known Zebbie for a very long time and always loved when she came to Occupational Health for her needs, here at the VA. She was a real gem which I truly treasured.I so admired her and her abiliies to serve our Nations veteran population. She will be forever missed at this campus. God Bless each of you and if….ever I can do anything to help you all please don’t hesitate to let me know. Sending prayers for god to comfort each of you, GOD BLESS.

  104. Anonymous says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. Zebbie was such a wonderful person glad I have had the pleasure of knowing her.

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