Obituaries » Donald Ernest Pipkin
February 2, 1952 – August 17, 2019
Visitation will be on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at The Way @ Inwood Baptist Church, 1302 33rd Street NW, Winter Haven, Fl 33881, from 11:00am to 12:00pm with a funeral service following at 12:00pm. He will be laid to rest with his family at Fitzgerald Cemetery at 2:30pm after the funeral service.Obituary Viewed 2256 times
PIPKIN, Donald (Don) Ernest, Senior – Passed on August 17, 2019. Don was born in February of 1952 in Bartow, Florida to Ernest and Naomi Pipkin. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Pipkin. He is survived by his mother Naomi, loving wife Edith Boyd Pipkin, daughters Toni (Bobby) Hiers and Donna (John) Carter, son D.J. (Jessica) Pipkin, and eight grandchildren- Dylan, Kacie, Riley, Kaitlyn, Abby, RJ, Stella, and Scarlett (expected in September 2019).
Don graduated from Winter Haven High School in 1970. He earned a bachelor’s degree from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. He spent the next 40 years in ministry and teaching positions across the state of Florida. Later in life he earned a master’s degree from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. In addition to his work, he enjoyed community theater, boat rides on the Chain of Lakes, watching SEC football, posting to Facebook, and spending time with his family.
Visitation will be on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at The Way @ Inwood Baptist Church, 1302 33rd Street NW, Winter Haven, Fl 33881, from 11:00am to 12:00pm with a funeral service following at 12:00pm. He will be laid to rest with his family at Fitzgerald Cemetery at 2:30pm after the funeral service.
Don loved music from a very young age, but music and worship were gifts he never wished to keep to himself. He spent his life sharing music with people. More importantly, he inspired his students to believe in themselves and realize talents they never knew they had. He always shared with others, “We don’t give God our garbage; He deserves our best.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Play It Forward Polk in his memory. https://www.playitforwardpolk.com/donatepage
Music was Don’s life and he felt it was important to keep it in schools.