GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Prominent Greenville philanthropist and businessman Hayne Hipp died at 80 years old on Thursday.
“It’s a great loss for Greenville, for the Upstate, for the entire state of South Carolina,” said Greenville Mayor Knox White.
Hipp raised money to renovate the Peace Center, as well as for Liberty Bridge in Falls Park.
“There’s almost nothing that people love about Greenville that people hadn’t had a part of,” White said.
Hipp also dedicated himself to mentoring young people. He helped found organizations that are now known as Public Education Partners and the Urban League of the Upstate.
“When you look at the inequities that exist between Black and white communities, the Urban League and the support of Hayne Hipp helped to kind of balance that out some,” said Jil Littlejohn Bostick, who is the former CEO of the Urban League of the Upstate.
She said his work had a positive ripple effect.
“We have seen that the Urban League has helped thousands and thousands of people with home ownership, starting businesses, education,” she said. “We’ve helped send thousands of kids to college, and not just sentd them to college, but graduate from college because of the support that the Urban League provides.”
The Greenville Chamber released a statement on Hipp’s passing Friday.
“The Greenville Chamber joins our community in mourning Hayne Hipp’s passing while celebrating his life and inestimable contributions. He influenced Greenville’s trajectory and evolution through his storied community engagement, including his many years of service on the Chamber’s board of directors, serving as its chair in 1985. We have all benefitted from and will miss Hayne’s fresh and candid perspectives on matters to improve the well-being of our community and state. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hipp family as they reflect on Hayne’s wonderful life.”
Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive will be handling services.
Hayne Hipp served as chairman and CEO of Greenville-based Liberty Corporation from 1979 until its merger with Raycom Media in 2006.