Bruce "Bo" Menard Pipkin

December 12, 1936 - May 25, 2020

Bruce

Bruce “Bo” Menard Pipkin, 83, of Big Hill, died Monday, May 25, 2020, at the Arboretum of Winnie. He was born on December 12, 1936 to Aline Marie Pipkin and Bruce Wilber Pipkin, in Beaumont.

Bo graduated from South Park High School in Beaumont. He then went on to Austin and became a Longhorn, where he received his Bachelors in Education from The University of Texas. Afterwards, he received his Master’s in Education from Lamar University. He began his teaching career at Bingham Elementary in Beaumont. He taught at East Chambers Elementary briefly, but spent the majority of his career teaching Arithmetic and English at Hamshire-Fannett Elementary. He was loved deeply by his students and co-workers for his sense of humor and wit. Bo was an avid rancher and loved working cattle. He took on ranching full time at Pipkin Ranch on Big Hill after retiring from his thirty years of teaching.

Pawpaw Bo loved his family very much and enjoyed spending time with them. Bo was also looking forward to meeting his soon to be great-grandson, Jesse Bo Leggett.

On behalf of Bo’s family, we truly cannot thank everyone enough for the prayers, sweet words, flowers, food, and even just the plain ole good company.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Elaine McBride Pipkin; sons, Bruce Fletcher Pipkin, and Grayson Eden Pipkin; daughter-in-law, Kim Pipkin; brother-in-law, Donald Deaton; granddaughter, Madelyn Eden Pipkin and her boyfriend, Justin Leggett; grandson, Seth Colin Pipkin; soon to be great-grandson, Jesse Bo Leggett; nephew, Josh Deaton; extended family, Hattie Sanders and Anna George; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aline Marie Pipkin and Bruce Wilber Pipkin; brother, Johnny Faye Ackel; sister, Bennie Marie Pipkin Deaton; and niece, Becky Whitman.

A gathering of Mr. Pipkin’s family and friends will begin at 6:00 p.m., with a service of remembrance to follow at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2020, at The Lodge at Pipkin Ranch, 23777 Big Hill Road, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Please observe social distancing guidelines. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Boys’ Haven of America, P.O. Box 5815, Beaumont, Texas 77726 or to the 100 Club of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 3405, Beaumont, Texas 77704.

Video

Broussard's Mortuary
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Gathering of Family and Friends
The Lodge at Pipkin Ranch
23777 Big Hill Road, Beaumont, Texas 77705
Thursday, May 28, 2020
6:00 p.m.
Service of Remebrance
The Lodge at Pipkin Ranch
23777 Big Hill Road, Beaumont, Texas 77705
Thursday, May 28, 2020
7:00 p.m.

Comments (24)

  • Della Melancon Freeze

    13 July 2020 at 14:01 | #

    I’m so sorry I didn’t see this before now. Mr. Pipkin taught me at Bingman. He was a great teacher and well respected. My mom Lorene Craigen Wagner knew his family. I’m glad he had a a good full life. Prayers for his family.

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  • Vick Nelson

    04 June 2020 at 19:12 | #

    Greenie blessings to his family!

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  • Jean Rose

    30 May 2020 at 13:25 | #

    Bo started life in one of the globe’ finest families Bo and I were high school friends and UT classmates where we became close friends. We rode back and forth from Austin to Beaumont often It was always such fun to be greeteted by Big Bruce and sweet Aline. I stayed in Austin to teach and Bo went back to Beaumont after the tragic death of l his beloved little niece, Becky, A better man than Bo Pipkin. has not lived. Rest joyously in the arms of your Lord.

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  • Kenneth Brannan

    30 May 2020 at 00:30 | #

    Condolences to the family . Great guy . Was one of my teachers at Bingman. When he was young . One of my favorites. Ran into him many times through the years . Sad to hear . Prayers for the family .

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  • Mazie & Donald East

    29 May 2020 at 13:44 | #

    So sorry to hear about Bo. You have our heartfelt sympathies and we extend our prayers!

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  • Teresa Bordages Hill

    29 May 2020 at 13:06 | #

    I’am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  • John H. Fears

    29 May 2020 at 00:27 | #

    Just heard about Bo this evening. I am sorry, Grayson and Fletcher to hear of ur loss. I loved ur dad, what a great man. He will be remembered forever in the hearts of many. Take care of your mom and give her a hug and kiss.

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  • Alice Byrd Shub

    28 May 2020 at 16:00 | #

    Sounds like a life well-lived. My deep sympathy to his family.

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  • Ruben Daniels

    28 May 2020 at 15:31 | #

    Mr. Pipkin was sixth grade teacher @ Bingman. Love that mann,he was a Awesome educator. Prayers to the Pipkin family.

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  • Othella Idowu

    28 May 2020 at 13:51 | #

    My deepest condolences to the Pipkin family. I meet Bo a couple of years ago while sitting in my car smoking, he stopped and offered me a cold one ( water) after that when ever he saw me he would stop and talk. We had many conversations about his life and family and what the future holds for both of us. Thanks Bo for taking your time to meet a stranger, I will miss our talks but I will send you my special smoke signal! RIH

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  • Sue Ramirez

    28 May 2020 at 04:25 | #

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Pipkin's passing. I always recall he and Kathryn at 10 am mass on Sundays at the Cathedral.

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  • Cheri Hazi

    27 May 2020 at 19:12 | #

    Adi and I were very saddened to hear about the loss of your dad. We are praying for you, Grayson and family.

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  • Jason Cribbs

    27 May 2020 at 17:07 | #

    Wonderful family man that definitely passed down his values to his sons. Prayers to each and everyone of you during these difficult times.

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  • Nedra & Milton Magee

    27 May 2020 at 14:27 | #

    Bo was very special to us. He and your Mom. Katryn, were such very good people. He will be missed.

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  • Jo Ann Barlow Kimmel

    27 May 2020 at 03:41 | #

    I grew up in Fannett, as did my mother Victorine Blanton Barlow. She always shared sweet memories of rocking Bo as a baby. When our mom passed in 2008 Bo was one of her pallbearers. Sweet memories and he will be missed..

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  • Robert Hoelzer

    27 May 2020 at 03:26 | #

    had time to sit and talk with him several times during the building of the lodge, great guy he will be missed by many for many years to come

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  • Kimberly Jordan Lemoine

    27 May 2020 at 03:22 | #

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Grayson. As well as the rest of your family! My love and prayers

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  • mike cacioppo

    27 May 2020 at 01:41 | #

    i always used to look forward to seeing your parents weekly at the 10am sunday mass at the cathedral. i am a greeter usher & your parents both are always so very nice to me. i appreciate them both. prayers mike cacioppo

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  • Roland & Jeanette Weekly

    26 May 2020 at 20:04 | #

    We are so saddened to hear about Bo. He was such a wonderful man. We loved him so very much. We hope he always knew how thankful we were to have him in our life. Fly High My Friend! You're Home Now!

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  • Bebe Bertino

    26 May 2020 at 18:08 | #

    God bless your family. Prayers for all

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  • Buddy & Jeannette Duplantis

    26 May 2020 at 17:32 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Bo's family and closest friends. We are saddened at the loss of an old friend. May he rest in the peace of our Lord and Savior. Buddy and Jeannette Duplantis

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  • John Blackwell

    25 May 2020 at 22:05 | #

    God bless him

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  • Betty Peebles

    25 May 2020 at 21:59 | #

    I taught with Bo when I first started teaching in the 70s and 80s Each morning he'd greet me with "good morning glory." I think of him when I say that or hear others say it. Beau had a good sense of humor and a quick wit. I thought a lot of him.

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  • Betty and Corky Peebles

    25 May 2020 at 21:54 | #

    We are saddened to hear about Bo. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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