Longtime business woman Mary Doris Curtice Pipkin, wife of Felin W. Pipkin passed away on March 6, 2022 in Asotin, Washington at home with her family by her side.
Mrs. Pipkin was born to the late Clara Stacey and Morton Augustus Curtice in Conecuh County, Alabama in 1924.
As a military wife she supported her husband and the Army directly in service at Fort Benning and Fort Stewart by helping to create a sense of community and boosting morale at stateside military installations, as well as overseas in Germany. She contributed to the military goals in war time as well as in peace time. Unconditional in support of her husband’s career, she demonstrated enthusiastic devotion to army life noted by commendations granted to her by the generals her husband served throughout his career. She was proud to be a part of the ladies of noncommissioned officers and exemplified being part of the backbone of the Army during the thirty-two years her husband served their country. She supported her husband, son, sons-in-law, brother-in-law and grandson many times in conflicts that spanned World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and in the Middle East. As an army wife she was a good solider on the home front, upholding the virtues of duty, honor and country. She embodied the notion that a soldier’s success depends on his ability, conduct and his wife.
Mrs. Pipkin worked for the war effort at Fort Benning, Georgia as a supervisor of parachute riggers/packers in the process of rolling, packing, drying, sewing, and inspecting parachutes used by members of the Army Airborne during WWII. She supported her husband in the work he did in rebuilding Germany as a goodwill ambassador after WWII. The family was re-stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia in 1955 where she took part in the business community as well as an active member of the Liberty County educational system where her five children attended school. She was a longtime business owner in military theaters concession businesses throughout Georgia. She was a joint partner in several real estate businesses located in the Low Country. She was an active member of the Protestant Chapel as a Sunday School teacher when her husband was active duty at their different posts. Mrs. Pipkin supported education in Liberty County through efforts in fund raising and as a contributor of land to build schools in Liberty County. She was a part of the Women’s Bible Study at the Flemington Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Flemington Presbyterian Church, but also attended the Hinesville Church of Christ. She was a member in good standing as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, who actively worked for veterans through efforts in the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary.
Mrs. Pipkin was deeply committed to her marriage to her husband of seventy-two years and the life they built together as a family and through their businesses. Her greatest legacy was her love and devotion to her large family. Mrs. Pipkin’s ripples of influence has been far reaching to many people of different stations in life. She supported women’s rights, encouraging others to obtain a good education that would last a lifetime. She helped others to get a foot up by providing jobs and educational opportunities. Many have regarded her accomplishments as amazing achievements as a woman in business, a mother, and wife. She touched many lives as she lived hers. Her intelligence, wisdom, faith and insight will be missed.
Survivors of Mrs. Pipkin are: sons -Tracy C. (Denise) Pipkin of Asotin, Washington, Felin William "Buddy" Pipkin Jr. of Sun City, SC; daughters-Betty W. Pipkin (Jerry Holcomb) of Hinesville, Jennie (Buzz) Marks of Texas and Elizabeth Pipkin of Birmingham, Alabama, ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home Chapel. The committal service will be at 1:00 pm at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville where she will be laid to rest with her beloved husband. The family will receive friends Sunday, March 13, 2022 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the funeral home.
Pallbearers: Josh Pipkin, Felin W. Pipkin, III, John M. Campbell, III, Sgt. Stephen Menges and Dr. Sajith Sasi Lanier Godsey.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations can be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation @www.macular.org.donate or the Mayo Clinic @www.mayoclinic.org.donate.
Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home is handling arrangements.