James Harrell Pipes

James Harrell Pipes

Choudrant, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 21 Feb 2010 (aged 73)
Choudrant, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 48499531 · View Source
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Kilpatrick Funeral Home

Ruston, LA

Funeral services for James Harrell Pipes, of Ruston, will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM at Douglas United Methodist Church. Officiating the service will be Rev. Rolly Walker. Internment will follow at Douglas Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick's Funeral Home in Ruston. Harrell Pipes died at home on February 21, 2010, at the age of 73.

Mr. Pipes was born at home, in Choudrant, on March 7, 1936, to Jim Wade Pipes and Evelyn Eubie Ambrose Pipes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Wade Pipes; and son-in-law, Scott Williams.

Harrell and his high school sweetheart, Betty, were married on November 19, 1953.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty Lee Pipes, his children, Marie Pipes Williams of Ruston, Jim Pipes and wife Debbie of Katy, TX, Bill Pipes and wife Claire of the Douglas Community, and Brenda Willett of Douglas; his grandchildren, Zack Bennett, Amber Pipes Walker and husband Josh, Trey Pipes, Will Pipes, Mark Pipes, Rachel Pipes, Lane Boyd and wife Marcie, and Mollie Tarver; great-grandchild, Abbie Tarver; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Pipes; brother-in-law, Hosey "Jr." Lee and wife Hilda and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

After graduating from Choudrant High School, Harrell served in the National Guard while beginning his first job with the Ruston Fire Department. He was also a graduate of the LSU Fire Academy. On October 1, 1972, he was appointed Fire Chief of Ruston. He began at once to upgrade the Ruston Fire Department. At the time he was appointed chief, the fire department consisted of 28 men, four trucks, and two fire stations. In November of 1973, the responsibilities of the fire department increased, when the operation of the ambulance service was transferred from the Ruston Police Department to the Ruston Fire Department. During his tenure, Chief Pipes was instrumental in the purchase of three new pumper trucks, increase of personnel to 36, one ladder truck, a new sub-station, plans to build the new central station, and the move from a Class 4 to Class 3 fire protection classification for the city resulting in fire insurance premium reductions for the citizens of Ruston. The first dive rescue team was implemented as part of the Ruston-Lincoln Parish Ambulance Service. Also, a Haz-Mat van was put into service with members of the fire department trained to form the Hazardous Incident Team. Chief Pipes served as Ruston Fire Chief for 17 years and retired on December 31, 1989. He was the second longest serving fire chief in the history of the Ruston Fire Department. Chief Pipes was also active in the Louisiana State Firemen's Association where he served as the 5th District Representative on the LSFA Executive Board, President of LSFA for 1986-87 and presided over the 82nd Annual Conference hosted by the Ruston Fire Department. Chief Pipes came back at the request of the mayor and served as Interim Fire Chief from September, 2004 until April, 2005.

Upon his retirement, Harrell became active in other civic positions for the City of Ruston. He served on the Ruston Police Jury from January, 1993 to December, 1999 and on the City of Ruston Fire Commission from January, 2000 to December, 2007. He and wife Betty enjoyed traveling with friends and family, square dancing, and participating in the various activities for the Masons and Shriners. Harrell was a 32 degree Mason, a member of the Choudrant Lodge and Ruston Lodge where he served as Master of the Lodge and a charter member. He then became Noble of the Barak Shrine, he was also was a member of the Shriner Lightning Rods and participated in many parades and events in his little red car. When he could no longer do that, he became a clown and was involved in the Shriner's circus. He also helped transport burn victim children and their families to the Shriner's Burn Unit in Houston.

Harrell has been a life-long member of Douglas United Methodist Church where he served on the building committee, the Douglas Cemetery committee, and attended Charge Conference as a representative from the church.

Harrell loved the outdoors, especially his time spent at the Au Dux Hunting Club where he was a member from 1972 to 2003. He introduced many a young man to the joys of duck hunting.

Pallbearers will be retired firemen, Dwayne Jordan, Ralph Hursh, Danny Hancock, Van McDonald, Emory Ambrose, Kenny Ambrose, Ronald Taylor and Pete Theodus.

Special thanks to Katie Holland, LaTonya Jackson, and Bobbie Carter (caregivers) and to Hospice of Caring Hearts.

Memorials may be given to Douglas United Methodist Church or the Shriner's Hospital.

Visitation will be held on Monday February 22, 2010 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Kilpatrick's Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com

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