Fred E. Pipkin

May 13, 1932November 16, 2012
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DENISON – Fred E. Pipkin, 80, went to be with his Lord, Friday, November 16, 2012.

Visitation will be 6:00PM to 8:00PM, Monday, November 19, 2012 at Bratcher Funeral Home in Denison, TX.

Funeral services will be 10:00AM, Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Mt Pleasant Baptist Church, 2401 W. Morton St., Denison, TX, with Rev. Rusty Denny officiating and burial at Cedarlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 5805 Texoma Parkway, Sherman, TX, to follow.

Fred was born Friday, May 13, 1932 in Denison, TX to Lewis & Yuma (Prewitt) Pipkin. He graduated from Denison High School in 1949. He attended Paris Junior College for two years prior to enlisting in the Navy where he served four years before moving back to Denison in 1955. Fred worked for the Yellow Jacket Boat Company before hiring on at Safeway where he worked for 39 years before retiring in 1997.

He was an avid Yellow Jacket fan as he attended every game for over 45 years before he was too ill to attend this past season. He was also an avid fisherman, which he had great joy in doing. He loved to camp and for several years the family enjoyed being together at Sulphur, Oklahoma. He played slow pitch softball until the age of 65, enjoyed watching sports such as the Texas Rangers, Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys. He was happy when he could play horseshoes and washers. Fred was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church; he avidly loved to be involved with anything to do with the upkeep and loved to go on outings with the men’s group. He loved to sing praises to the Lord. Fred enjoyed traveling to Denton with the Denton Lunch Bunch and also enjoyed the Tuesday morning breakfast bunch until he was too ill to attend.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Ruby, daughters Deborah and husband Mike Shearer of Denison, TX, Diana and husband Mike Sikes of Houston, TX, Linda John of Houston, TX, Paula and husband David Shaw of Sherman, TX, Joanna and husband Chet Spillers of Sherman, TX; sisters, Joyce Sikes of Denison, TX, Julia Brouer of Denison, TX; Fifteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Brother James Pipkin, sons Michael Byrd and Fred Pipkin II and longtime friend Jackie Walton.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mt. Pleasant MBC.



  • Visitation Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Funeral Tuesday, November 20, 2012


  • Burial

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Jennifer Young

December 15, 2012

Dear Aunt Ruby, I just recently found out about Uncle Fred's passing and I wanted to share my condolences for your family. Although we are many miles apart I hope that you feel the love your family here in Oregon has for you in Texas. I am Helen and Ralph's granddaughter, Audrey's daughter. God be with you this Christmas and in the months to come.

November 26, 2012

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts & Prayers are with you and your family.
Alice Wood Lyde

Christina Hintz

November 26, 2012

Dear Aunt Ruby, Diana, and my other Texas cousins, I just learned of your loss. I am so so sorry. I know the pain of losing a parent. Even though I am far away in Oregon, my thoughts and prayers are with you always. Please stay in touch and let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I will call soon. Love, Christina Hintz

Warren Freeman

November 24, 2012

Paula and Family..I am sorry to hear of your loss and pray God's comfort.

Deborah Scott

November 21, 2012

Linda - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It's so wonderful to learn more about the Dad that shaped my friend Linda. God Bless you and your boys.

Sharon Pipkin

November 21, 2012

Ruby and family, My prayers for you. Still think of Fred and James discussing football, baseball or sports of any kind.

Bob & Sandra Pearson

November 20, 2012

Diana, your dad was the very "best" softball pitcher around and a kind and wonderful soul. We are so blessed to have known Fred. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Steven & Kimberly Bowen

November 20, 2012

Fred was a dear friend to Steven and I! I always looked forward to seeing his bright smile in church. Fred will be greatly missed until we are all reunited in Heaven! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family!

Steven & Kimberly Bowen

Emily Barnett

November 20, 2012

I loved seeing Fred at all the games. He never passed by me without stopping to hug and talk to my boys. His kindness and support of our Jackets were a true example of what Denison is about. I feel honored to know him. Praying for your family during this difficult time.

Ann Shields

November 20, 2012

Ruby and Family,
I was sorry to hear about Fred. He was such a wonderful man and I always looked forward to seeing him when I came home to visit. My prayers & thoughts are with you all.