Jerry Dale Nipper, 1935-2015

Jerry Nipper

Jerry Nipper

The Rev. Jerry Dale Nipper, 79, passed away Jan. 25, 2015 at his home in the Bethlehem community east of Cabot.

He was born in the Antioch community April 12, 1935. He graduated from Cabot High School in 1953 and attended Hendrix College. He married Jeaneane on Nov. 4, 1955.

He was devoted to God and his family. After surviving a major heart attack at the age of 59, he entered the ministry as a licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church, pastoring the Hebron and Providence United Methodist congregations. Bethlehem UMC, where he spent his retirement, was also his home church since childhood.

He was well known in the community as a man of love, gentleness and kindness. He continued a small back flow business after retiring from Arkansas Automatic Sprinklers, and saw this as a ministry, as well.

One of his greatest joys was working on “The Christmas Road to Bethlehem” annual display on the road leading to Bethlehem UMC; it marked its 27th year this past Christmas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Jeaneane Nipper; his parents, Rotha and Elmer Nipper; and his brother, Lawrence Nipper. He is survived by his children, Brenda and Rickey Phillips, Pamela Nipper, and Lisa and Kelly Brooks; grandchildren Christy and Mark Hollingshead and Rickey Phillips, Jr.; great-grandchildren Ella and Everett Hollingshead; brothers and sisters Willene and Charles Nipper, Martha Sue Plummer, Linda and Jerry Stevens and Kathy and Larry Nipper; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, with burial in Salem Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem UMC Building Fund, 1281 Bethlehem Rd., Austin, AR 72007.