James Ervin Pippen, 69, of Crossett, passed away on October 23, 2017. He was born on June 24, 1948, to his parents, Durwood, and Pearl Kelley Pippen. He was a lifelong resident of Crossett, and a machine tender for Georgia-Pacific papermill until he became disabled in 2003 and retired. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spent most of his time outdoors. For many years he kept a large garden and spent many weeks working the fields. He had a passion for people, and his favorite moments were spent laughing, and talking with all of his many friends. He never seemed to meet a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. He loved his family wholeheartedly and was always there with a hug and a smile. His booming voice and laugh were instant sources of comfort in times of sorrow.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his three daughters; Kelley Smith (Dustin) of West Monroe, LA, Amity Chaney (John) of Walker, LA, and Lisa Frazer (John) of Branson, MO; ten grandchildren, Macy and Riley Blackburn and Hunter Smith all of West Monroe, Dylan and Brianna Chaney and Jaxon Leger of Walker, Alex and Brady Frazer all of Branson, MO, Eric Frazer (Stephanie) of Hamburg, Caitlin McDonough (Tim) of Branson, MO; four great-grandchildren; his brother Wayne Pippen (Jill) of Crossett, one sister Mary Brandon of Pine Bluff; and his special friend and companion, Ginger Stephenson of Crossett.
A Graveside Service will be held, Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Crossroads Cemetery in Crossett with Bro. Keith Boseman officiating under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Dylan Chaney, Aubrey Stephenson, David Stephenson, Alex Fazer, Ricky Jenkins, Ricky Parks, Stephen Harriman, Tim Barnett, Legett Jenkins, and Wayne Pippen. Honorary pallbearers are his McDonald’s breakfast club friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.