Dorch Roosevelt Pipkin, 88, died Saturday, July 21, 2018.
He was born May 2, 1930, to the late Roosevelt and Mildred Pipkin in Harnett County. He was the eldest of eight children. He was known as “Pip.” He attended Killing Ford School in the Killing Ford Community outside of Erwin. Later, Mr. Pipkin enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served as a communication signalman from May 24, 1951, to May 18, 1953. His most memorable military assignment was served overseas in Germany. After leaving the Armed Forces, Mr. Pipkin relocated to Philadelphia, Pa., and worked as a mechanic. Over the years he attained the status of a master mechanic at his trade.
In 1973, Mr. Pipkin moved back to Erwin. He became the business owner of Pip’s Garage in Erwin.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Eloise Hicks; and brothers, George Pipkin and Thomas Pipkin.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Oak Grove AME Zion Church, Erwin. Interment will be at Riverside Community Cemetery, Erwin.
Survivors include sons, Ralph and Travis; brother, Willard Pipkin (Doris); sisters, Virginia and Jessie Pipkin of Erwin and Jean Ruth Griffin of Philadelphia; sister-in-law, Margie Pipkin of Erwin; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews and nieces.
There will be a public viewing Thursday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Family Funeral Home, 302 Spring Branch Road, Dunn.