Emma Jean Pace Pippin

Emma Jean Pace Pippin

Emma Jean Pace Pippin, 92, died Sunday, September 23, 2018. Emma Jean Pace Pippin was born in Wake County to the late Percy Page Pace and Middie Lucille Green Pace. She graduated from Duke University in 1946 and, following her passion, spent a long career educating the students of Laurinburg, Middlesex, Wakelon, and Zebulon High Schools in English. Emma Jean was immensely dedicated to her faith at Wakefield Central Baptist Church and was proud to serve in many leadership roles over the years including Woman’s Missionary Union director and choir director. Emma Jean was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband, Harold Edmond Pippin, and her great-grandchildren Maxwell Thomas Yeazel and Helen Catherine Yeazel.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, September 28, at Wakefield Central Baptist Church in Zebulon, North Carolina, with the Rev. Keith Wagner and Dr. Mike Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens

She is survived by her three children, Mary Lou Murphy (Harold) of Louisburg, Harold Edmond (Eddie) Pippin Jr. (Ginger) of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Nancy Jean Ballard (Steve) of Zebulon, and her grandchildren, Melissa Murphy Yeazel (Bryan), Rebeccah Pippin-Rayfield (Tony), Melanie Pippin, Lauren Massey (Melissa), Josh Ballard, and Megan Ballard, and her great-grandchildren, Austin Harden, Brianna Nelms, TJ Rayfield, Jeslyn McKenzie, Dallas McKenzie, Jeremy Nelms, Colin Yeazel, and Reid Yeazel.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff at Avendelle Assisted Living on Lazy River in Raleigh and to Heartland Hospice of Raleigh.

The family will graciously accept flowers or memorial contributions may be made to Wakefield Central Baptist Church Mission Fund, 308 Proctor St., Zebulon, NC 27597.

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 pm Thursday at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third Street, Wendell, and other times at her home in Zebulon.


  • B.J. Deal Posted September 25, 2018 4:22 pm

    Such a beautiful woman with a heavenly spirit always. She will be missed by so many. What a day of rejoicing it has been in her heavenly home!

  • EILEEN D WILLIAMS Posted September 25, 2018 4:54 pm

    Mary Lou & Melissa: We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you & your loved ones in our thoughts/prayers. In deepest sympathy, Eileen & Mike Williams

  • Karen Pearce Orndorff Posted September 25, 2018 5:44 pm

    She was a wonderful teacher and mentor.

  • Sylvia Thomasson Posted September 25, 2018 7:25 pm

    God bless the family. I was a student of Mrs. Pippin. She definitely was a good teacher.

  • Shannon Scott Posted September 25, 2018 9:36 pm

    We pray for you. God has given you a wonderful heritage. We have benn neighbors for over 60 years. What a blessed couple. Great examples for us all. Shannon & Zelma Scott

  • Pattie Jenkins Allen Posted September 27, 2018 2:01 pm

    When your heart is empty,filling it with happy memories can help.

  • Maggie Edwards Posted September 27, 2018 6:35 pm

    I knew Ms. Emma for just a short part of her life, but I will miss her dearly . She was a beautiful and smart lady who I will never forget .

  • Debbie Posted October 5, 2018 2:19 pm

    I want to express my heart felt sympathy to you and the family. God is there for you and the family he knows you and the families inner most feelings and even discerns every inclination of thoughts so he knows how you and the family is feeling. (1 Chronicles 28:9; 1 Samuel 16:6,7) God eyes are on the righteous and his ears listen to their supplication. (1 Peter 3:12) God is love and soon by means of the Kingdom in the Lord’s Prayer the dead will be brought back to life here on earth to live forever. (Mattew 6:9,19; Acts 24:15; 1 John 4:8)

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