Don Pippin, Sr.

January 7, 1941 - August 20, 2021

Don Pippin, Sr. was born on January 7, 1941, in El Dorado, Arkansas, to Thelma Griffin and Willie Staten Pippin.  As a tall handsome teen, he attended El Dorado High School and it was there, at 14 years old, that he would meet his future wife, Jo Ellen. He was smitten and began to court her. They soon fell in love and that their fates were sealed. They were married a year after graduation on September 1st, 1960.

Directly after graduating from Southern State College, in Magnolia, Ar.  Don began an early career working for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). He later decided to join the banking industry, which eventually brought them to Beaumont, Texas in 1975. He devoted 20 years of his personal time working in the Beaumont community to bring the word of God and the news of His saving grace to those in need. Don spent countless hours working in the prison ministry, which he loved. He was also a member of The Lions Club and The Gideons International and served with those organizations as well. He spent many selfless days and hours distributing the Bible, the precious Word of God throughout the surrounding area. He did all of this while working full-time to support his growing family. Together, Don and Jo Ellen raised three wonderful children, Don, Julie, and Mark. He was faithful to bring his family to church and lead them with an example of the highest integrity and faithfulness to God and His service. Don attended the same church in Beaumont for the entire time he lived, up until he was physically unable to attend. He was strong, steady, and unfailingly faithful.

During the 60 wonderful years that Don and Jo Ellen were married, they were blessed with beautiful grandchildren of whom he was extremely proud, as well as great-grandchildren who brought him great joy. Don and Jo Ellen  made many happy memories together with these children and many more extended family members. He celebrated and loved his family deeply. His greatest priority was his family and his lifelong devotion to loving and serving God in all ways.

Don lived his legacy in the Beaumont area for almost 50 years. He passed away peacefully in the early hours of Friday, August 20, 2021 at 80 years of age. He was only a few days away from celebrating 60 years of marriage with Jo Ellen.

He leaves behind many loved ones, including his beautiful wife of sixty-years, Jo Ellen Pippin; son, Don Pippin, Jr. and his wife, Tana; daughter, Julie Finical and her husband, Tony; son, Mark Pippin and his wife, Nikki; granddaughters, Taylor Green and her husband, Logan, and Paige Finical; grandson, Peyton Finical and his wife, Lauren; granddaughter, Jade Sappington and her husband, Justin; grandson, Staten Pippin; great-grandchildren, Blaike Green, Braxton Green, and Lottie Finical; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Helen Crotty and Esteen Swarek.

Memorial contributions for Mr. Pippin may be made to The Anchor of Beaumont, 6655 Hwy. 105, Beaumont, Texas 77708.

A gathering of Mr. Pippin’s family and friends will begin at 11:00 a.m., with his funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at The Anchor of Beaumont, 6655 TX-105, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Arlington Memorial Park, 702 N. Mosby Avenue, El Dorado, Arkansas.

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

The Anchor of Beaumont
  • 6655, Highway 105, Beaumont, TX, 77708,
  • August 25, 2021
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Funeral Service

The Anchor of Beaumont
  • 6655, Highway 105, Beaumont, TX, 77708,
  • August 25, 2021
  • 1:00 pm

Graveside Service

Arlington Memorial Park
  • 702, North Mosby Avenue, El Dorado, Arkansas, 71730,
  • August 26, 2021
  • 2:00 pm

Comments (8)

    Sherrell Young says:

    Sis. Pippin and Family, So very sorry for your loss.
    Bro. Pippin was always so kind. Loved going to church with the Pippin Family.

    Shawn Rice says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Pippin. I had some great conversations with him over the years. Shawn and staff at LeTourneau Prosthetics

    Jim & Karen Bond says:

    Dear Jo Ellen, Don, Jr. and Tana, Julie and Tony, Mark and Nikki. and your Precious families,

    Jim and I want you all to know that we are praying for Our Precious Lord to comfort you and place His Loving Arms around each of you and give you His Peace now and in the time ahead. We rejoice with you as Don’s (“Paps”) life and his work for The Lord and love for his family is brilliantly displayed now in Heaven with The Lord.

    With all our love,
    Jim and Karen Bond

    Nicole (Niki) Waldrep says:

    My deepest sympathies to this very wonderful, endearing Family on the passing of Mr.Don Pippin Sr. He was a gracious, welcoming man, no matter the circumstances, whether at Church or in his home. He had a warm smile and a gracious welcome, always. He & his dear wife JoEllen had a knack for genuinely making you feel a part of their large family. Mr.Pippin, though quiet, had a grace, inner strength, and dignity about him always. He loved every person in his personal family, as well as his Church Family and friends. He truly served The Lord Most High, yet was a deeply humble & sincere man. His legacy of ministry, deep love of all his Family, especially those grandchildren & great grandchildren, will live on in our memories and our hearts. Men such as he are few and far between. His precious memory and the example he set for us all will live on forever in our hearts and minds. May God Bless & keep his Soul for eternity.
    “Choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” ( Joshua 24: 2, 15) ~NIV~

    Becky & Rodney Ames says:

    Condolences, prayers and thoughts are with the family.

    Delphy Allen says:

    My deepest condolences to Sis. Pippin and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

    Charlotte G. Zoch says:

    Mr. Pippin was always so welcoming when I attended church services and then over the years I’d see him out and about around town. Always asked how I was and we would catch up on everyone. So very sorry for this family’s loss. He was a fine Christian man.
    Hang on to all the good times, they will see you thru.

    Dee Phillips says:

    Sis Pippin and family – So sorry to loose a long time friend, Bro Don Pippin. He was a faithful man of God! He reached into areas many people avoid to minister to those behind prison walls. His most unique characteristic was telling “corny jokes”! If no one else laughed, he still got a good laugh and what wonderful medicine! He took Psalms 118:24 literally “this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and BE GLAD IN IT”! Bro Don, you will be greatly missed but enjoy your NEW HOME!

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