Billy Bill Pippins LUBBOCK-Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Bill Pippins at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers with committal services following in the City of Lubbock Cemetery with military honors performed by the American Legion. Mr. Pippins died on Feb. 25, 2014, in Big Spring. To view services, visit www.memorialdesigners.net, where you may also leave your condolences. Bill was born on Feb. 7, 1926, to Claude and Hazel Pippins in Brady, Texas. Bill joined the Navy at age 17 and served during WWII as a master machinist. Following his discharge from the Navy he married the love of his life, Alla Gene Sprawls, on April 23, 1949, and they were married for 61 years. Moving to Lubbock, Billy owned his owned business, Bill's Machine Shop. Bill was also an inventor and was known for the train whistle that he could make. He was a life member of the American Legion and the VFW Post # 2466, where he served as commander for five terms and as the National Deputy Chief of Staff from 1998-1999. He was a volunteer and supported many different organizations. Along with his parents and his wife, Gene, Bill was preceded in death by a brother, Vurrell Pippins; and two nephews, Claude and Jerry Pippins. Survivors include three nephews, Jimmy Pippins of San Angelo, Ronnie Pippins of Ft. Worth and Ruben Paul Pippins of Burleson; and a niece, Hazel Rohlfs of Abilene; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Lake Ridge Chapel And Memorial Designers
6025 82Nd St Lubbock, TX 79424
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Feb. 27, 2014