Arnold Odell Pipes and Thelma Fae Dossey were married on January 2, 1944. They had two daughters: Gloria Eudell Pipes Cole Thompson (born 9-28-1944, Gatesville, Texas) and Jayne Anna Pipes Davis Williams (born 6-5-1946, San Antonio, Texas). My father attended Oglesby (Texas) High School but dropped out to join the Army in 1942. Later, the high school granted all seniors a diploma if they had dropped out to join the military. Before my father saw any military action, he was seriously injured in a Jeep accident and spent many months in the hospital to repair his broken hip. As a result, he ended up with a limp that ended his military service. After his recovery, he helped on his in-law's farm, then decided to go to electricians school in Philadelphia, PA, despite the fact that he was color blind. After graduating, he went to work at the Blue Bonnet Stove plant in McGregor, TX, and moved his family to Waco, TX. My parents divorced in 1964 and my father took another job in Corpus Christi, TX, working at the naval air station. He married Velda there. After retiring, they bought a small farm near Odem, TX, where he enjoyed raising goats and chickens and a vegetable garden. My father was an extremely intelligent man who loved to invent things that made life easier. However, he never patented any of them so today's Mr. Coffee Machine and the dimmer light switch patents belong to someone else. During his lifetime, he survived four heart bypass surgeries but did not survive the last heart attack in 2002. To this day, we still miss him.
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