Willis Emory “Tip” Tippin was driving east on a state road Monday morning when his pickup truck collided with a logging truck. A trooper says the truck driver tried to avoid the smaller vehicle, but Tippin’s truck hit the side of the trailer and its wheels. Willis Tippin, a retired Air Force pilot, was trapped inside his vehicle and died at the scene. The tragedy occurs on the elder Tippin’s 78th birthday Aaron and Willis Tippin owned a hunting supply store called Aaron Tippin Firearms in Oak City, NC.