Robert R “Bob” Pipkin Sr., of Ripley, TN, died Friday, November 6 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Ripley, where he was a member, with funeral services to follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Paul Mullikin officiating. Interment will be in Poplar Grove Cemetery near Henning. Pallbearers will be Adam Pipkin, Lewis Marley Pipkin, Jason Tubb, Andrew Ray, and nephews Jon Trosper of Paris and Jack Turner of Memphis. Garner Funeral Home in Ripley has charge of the services. He was born in Henning in 1927 to the late Fred Reed Pipkin and Kathryn Lewis Pipkin. Bob grew up in Henning and graduated from Ripley High School. He attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC where he played on the tennis team. He entered the Army at age 18, and upon discharge resumed his education at Vanderbilt University where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. After graduation in 1949, he returned to Henning to work at the family business, Henning Supply Company, and in 1955 became a partner in Vaughn & Pipkin Insurance Agency. He moved that business and his family to Ripley in the 1960s. He retired from Pipkin Insurance Agency in 2001. Bob was an avid tennis player who played every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon for many years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Ripley, where he was a long-time member of the choir and the Men’s Comeback Class, a Sunday School teacher, and served as chairman of the official board and finance committee. He was also a member and past president of the Ripley Exchange Club, and its Exchangite of The Year for 1998-99. He leaves his wife of 64 years, Mary Marley Scott Pipkin; four sons Bob Pipkin Jr. of Arlington, VA, Scott Pipkin and wife Bonnie of Jackson, TN, Bailey Pipkin and wife Laura of Milan, TN, and William Lewis Pipkin of Alexandria, VA; four grandchildren Hilary Pipkin Tubb and husband Jason, Adam Pipkin and wife Traci, Eliza Pipkin Ray and husband Andrew, and Lewis Marley Pipkin; five great-grandchildren, Joseph Pipkin, Walker Tubb, Mary Margaret Ray, Marley Tubb, and Anne Pipkin; a cousin Jimmy Lewis of Heber Springs, AR; and several nieces and nephews.

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Posted on: 2015-11-09

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