OBITUARY

Jim R. Nipper "J.R."

November 1, 1947March 1, 2018
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Jim R. Nipper "J. R.", age 70, of Alabaster, AL, passed away on March 1, 2018 following complications from pneumonia. He was born in Tampa, FL to H. D. and Faustelle Nipper. After graduating from King High School, he was drafted to the US Army. He was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. He was known as Coach Nipper to the boys he coached in Little League baseball and youth football. He retired from Southern Lime as a Control Operator on January 31, 2016. Since retirement, he was able to enjoy spending time with his wife and family. He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Marge Scalise; father-in-law, Mike Scalise; sister-in-law, Peggy Dayton; and best friend, Wayne Bunn. J.R. is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Scalise Nipper; daughter, Tammy Jenkins of Alabaster; son, Jimbo Nipper of Helena; grandchildren, Brandon Webster (Gabby) of El Paso, TX; great-granddaughter, Mariah Webster; sisters, Joyce Fields (Bill), Tina Denham (Allen), and Jodi Nipper, all of Tampa, FL; brothers-in-law, Michael Scalise (Mimi); sisters-in-law, Patsy Etheridge (Ray), Mickey Combs (Tom); family friend, Faye Bunn; close niece, Carole Perkins (Sonny); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 12:30 until 1:30 PM at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo). His funeral service will begin at 1:30 PM, with Bobby Harris to officiate. His committal service will be held at 2:45 PM at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Field of Angels League at www.fieldofangels.org.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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Iris White

March 8, 2018

The Nipper’s and White’s were really great friends! Seems like every time the White’s went to the park (now Mel’s hotdogs). The Nipper’s were there also. Had many picnics there and ball games. What a Family they were!! At one time the ball team was made up of the Nipper’s and Evan White and Bert Davis!! We lived near each other and our kids went to school together! But playing ball was a big part of our lives. J,R, you will be so missed......Much Love to all of this family......

Karen NIPPER/Carpenter

March 7, 2018


 Today is a very sad day, my cousin Jr Nipper was laid to rest who we loved very much.  He will be deeply missed by all of us.
We were not able to make it to the service today, but please know that we were there in spirit sending all of our love and prayers to you.

 Remembering the vacations at the beach, the mountains and all the family gatherings. 
 Most of all, the many days and night spent at the baseball park.  Watching the family baseball Team the "Nippers"

We are blessed to have such great memories to  cherish in our hearts.  I will never forget  he always called me "Thumper", he was a very special person.
 

Love,  Uncle Leon , Bubba ,Karen  and family

Larry and Glenda Miller

March 6, 2018

Nancy, I've struggled to find the right words to tell you and your family how I feel about Jim. He and I met when we arrived in Vietnam together in March of 1968. We were in separate platoons but within a few hundred feet of one another
most of the days. We seemed to come together during any downtime we had. He was a good guy and easy to be around. You may remember that Glenda and I were on R&R in Hawaii at the same time you and Jim were there and we spent a little time together. Glenda remembers that he went barefoot because he had outgrown his shoes after he got to Vietnam! I remember how much we both dreaded going back to that place after that week with you girls. Jim was wounded seriously in early 1969 and I never saw him again until we had a quick visit years later when I was passing through Alabama. He's a guy I would like to have continued to know well down through the years and I'll always think of him as the good soldier I was glad to have close by. I'm happy to see by your FB page that you've had a lot of fine years since that time. God Bless you and your family and we'll be thinking of you.

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Biography

Jim R. Nipper "J. R.", age 70, of Alabaster, AL, passed away on March 1, 2018 following complications from pneumonia.
He was born in Tampa, FL to H. D. and Faustelle Nipper. After graduating from King High School, he was drafted to the US Army. He was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. He was known as Coach Nipper to the boys he coached in Little League baseball and youth football. He retired from Southern Lime as a Control Operator on January 31, 2016. Since retirement, he was able to enjoy spending time with his wife and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Marge Scalise; father-in-law, Mike Scalise; sister-in-law, Peggy Dayton; and best friend, Wayne Bunn. J.R. is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Scalise Nipper; daughter, Tammy Jenkins of Alabaster; son, Jimbo Nipper of Helena; grandchildren, Brandon Webster (Gabby) of El Paso, TX; great-granddaughter, Mariah Webster; sisters, Joyce Fields (Bill), Tina Denham (Allen), and Jodi Nipper, all of Tampa, FL; brothers-in-law, Michael Scalise (Mimi); sisters-in-law, Patsy Etheridge (Ray), Mickey Combs (Tom); family friend, Faye Bunn; close niece, Carole Perkins (Sonny); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 12:30 until 1:30 PM at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo). His funeral service will begin at 1:30 PM, with Bobby Harris to officiate. His committal service will be held at 2:45 PM at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Field of Angels League at www.fieldofangels.org.