OBITUARY

Mr. William Kirk Pipkin

September 15, 1921September 12, 2013

William Kirk Pipkin, age 91, had his homecoming to be in the Lord’s presence on Thursday, the 12th of September 2013. Kirk was born in Keller, Texas, on the 15th of September 1921, to Martha Ellen and Bert Pipkin. He graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth in 1939 and The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Civil Engineering, and with Tau Beta Pi, and Chi Epsilon Honors. He was always an avid Longhorn fan and he would say that you can get a “real education” in Austin at UT. Due to World War II, he was sent to the University of Chicago and obtained a degree in meteorology to support the war effort. When the war concluded, he started his professional career as an engineer in 1945. His employment included The Texas Highway Department, Humble Oil and Refining Company, California Division of Highways, Dow Chemical Company for over three decades, and consulting services for Core Real Estate, where he worked with one of his sons. After 60 plus years of experience in construction engineering, he said that he and a “thinking draftsman” could build anything, anywhere, anytime. He did not retire until he was 90 years old and he missed only one day of work in his entire career. He was elected as a Life Member of The American Society of Civil Engineers and licensed as a Professional Engineer.

Kirk was ordained as a Deacon at Tallowood Baptist Church in 1963. Through his faith and witness, he blessed many people including his family, neighbors, colleagues, and church members. He served in the prison ministry at the Fort Bend High Security Correction Facility and the Lord used him immensely as His vessel for the Kingdom. He and his wife joined Second Baptist Church in 1987. He would tell you that Christ Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. To shine the Light, he and his Sunday school class designed a “Ticket to Heaven” to spread the Word. Over 100,000 tickets have been handed out literally all over the world. We are changed forever by his spiritual leadership, his perseverance, and his authenticity. His faith was undeniable.

He married Dorothy Jean Summers on the 23rd of February 1951, and they were “equally yoked” embracing the same Christian beliefs and values. They affectionately called each other Mr. and Mrs. Fox and were sweethearts for 62 years.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, three sisters; Lenora White, Ouita Rigney and Elberta Lowther; and his brother, John Pipkin. Kirk is survived by his loving and faithful wife, Jean Summers Pipkin; daughter, Deborah Jean Freeland and husband Ralph Freeland; son, Richard Kirk Pipkin and wife Laura Templeton Pipkin; son, Gregory Phillip Pipkin and wife Elizabeth Wiemer Pipkin; grandchildren (the “real treasures”) Taylor Kirk Pipkin and wife Sarahbeth Sharp Pipkin; Natalie Louise Pipkin, Thomas William Pipkin, Gregory Phillip Pipkin, Jr., William Conrad Pipkin, Austin Keller Pipkin, Margaret Elizabeth Pipkin, and Olivia Summers Pipkin.

He spent every moment he could supporting his grandchildren’s athletic events, attending school functions, recitals, awards ceremonies, and spending time with them individually. He taught them to mow the grass, be on time, and love Jesus. And who could ever forget the countless lunches after church? It was important for all of them to know his belief in God, his viewpoints on life, and his patriotism. “Daddy Kirk” was a man of zero compromise and he was unwavering in his principles and work ethic. He encouraged everyone to use their talents to glorify God and he unconditionally loved and delighted in each of us. We will miss him deeply.

A memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Monday, the 16th of September, in the Sanctuary of Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway in Houston. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the nearby Deacon’s Parlor.

Prior to the service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to The Winning Walk, Box 3366, Houston, TX, 77253; or to the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center or the University of Texas - “Kirk and Jean Pipkin Engineering Scholarship”, 1 University Station, C2104, Austin, TX, 78712-0287.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, September 16, 2013
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December 8, 2013

Three months have passed since you graduated to be with the Lord and your impact in this world continues to ripple through so many. We truly miss you each and every day.

Joel Richardson

September 22, 2013

Mr. Pipkin was our neighbor in Houston, Texas, for almost fifty years...he was certainly one of the finest men I have every known and a great father and grandfather...still miss all the Texas Longhorn decorations out in the Pipkin's frontyard over the years...he was one of the greatest Longhorn fans ever! God bless you and your family, Mr. Pipkin, and we will remember you forever!

September 16, 2013

My condolences to the family of Mr. Pipkin. May the GOD of all comfort provide you with whatever is needed so you can cope with your great loss. Also our loving heavenly Father has promised the removal of all causes od death and the grief that follows.

Bruce White

September 16, 2013

My condolences to the family. Kirk was an inspiration to anyone who meet him and I was lucky enough to be one of those people, and even more proud to call him uncle Kirk.

Robert & Lynda White

September 16, 2013

He was such a kind and loving uncle. Our family will miss his sweet smile.

Patt Owings

September 16, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Jean. It was a pleasure to have known Kirk.

September 16, 2013

My condolences to your family during this time of grief.

Bill & Arlene Mulvehill

September 16, 2013

Kirk Pipkin is one of the finest people, I have ever known, a good Christian man, a friend and classmate in the Disciple and the Ticket to Heaven Bible study class. The Ticket to Heaven, tickets which Kirk was instrumental in starting have now reached 330,000 tickets with 30,000 now being printed,Good Job, Kirk. Our prayers are with Kirk's family.

Mindy & Mike McIntire

September 15, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, especially my dear friend Debbie! We are so sorry for your loss!

FROM THE FAMILY