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PIPKIN, JAMES EARL James Earl Pipkin, age 73, passed away the morning of May 20th after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was a longtime violinist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and a teacher to many accomplished students. His last days were spent surrounded by his closest family...

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Dear Marilyn,
I was going through some very old photographs of my days at the University of Chattanooga and found some of Jim. I was a piano major and we were very closed friends the time he was there. Curious to see what he had been up to, I googled him and received the horrible shock of finding his obituary and discovering that he had passed in 2012.

Please received my very belated but most heartfelt condolences.

Antonio R Gamboa
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It has been 5 long years since you left us, my darling. We raised a glass to you at El Cazador, our go-to family dinner place.

First RMCO concert without you. It seemed so strange. The gang gave me a card as tribute to you. No one had anything bad to say.

Happy Birthday, Sweetheart. We love you.

You have my most sincere condolences, Marilyn. You and Jim are remembered fondly by your (former) fellow ASO violinist, Bill Wagner (1973-75). Sorry this is belated -- it isn't every day you get nosthalgic about old friends and acquaintences, looking them up.

All the best, Marilyn.

Honey, Erika & I are traveling through Texas right now and we're really missing you. I remember how your demeanor changed every time we crossed the state line. You would clean up your language and say things like "gosh darn". This one's for you. Love, Mar

Marilyn, in talking with Louise N. yesterday (7/3/12), she told me that your precious Jim had died. This news brought tears immediately, and I could hardly speak (to tell John). We are SO SAD, and pray that God will wrap his arms around you and your children to keep you safe and comforted. Jim and I had MANY fun musical times together and he and I could "banter" back and forth totally understanding each others humor. After all, Virgos stand strong! We loved him, and we love you!...

The Schwab family in Tuscaloosa, Stephen, Diana and David are heartbroken to have learned that Jim Pipkin has passed away. David studied violin with Jim for more than three years. Jim was the first and only teacher David as a rebellious teenager had ever been able to learn from. David loved Jim for treating him with all the respect accorded an adult, without condescension, with humor, and with wit. Jim was an elegant, gifted, charming, handsome and brilliant man. We, David's parents,...