OBITUARY: Earlene Phaye Fowler Pipkin


Earlene Phaye Fowler Pipkin, 77, homemaker and resident of Columbia, died Saturday, February 11, 2023 at Maury Regional Medical Center.

Born June 7, 1945 in Humphreys County, she was the daughter of the late Grady Earl Fowler and the late Lula Bell Rogers Fowler.

She married Jerry Wayne Pipkin, Sr. who preceded her in death. Mrs. Pipkin enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, flower gardening, and animals. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her dog, Peaches. Mrs. Pipkin was of Baptist faith.

Survivors include her sons, Herbert (Sherry) Slaughter, David Slaughter; son-in-law, David E. Fitzgerald; grandchildren, Kerby (Ashley) Slaughter, Ryan Slaughter, Logan (Kayla) Slaughter, Summer Slaughter, Mialea Slaughter, Destini (C.J) Gonyon, Dustin (Andrea) Fitzgerald; brother, Robert (Wanda) Fowler; sister, Ramona Quick; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Leslie Karen Fitzgerald; and great-grandson, Landon Ryan Slaughter.

A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. at Polk Memorial Gardens with David Baker officiating. The family will visit with friends Wednesday from 11:30 A.M.- 1:30 P.M. at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home. Condolences may be extended online at

Active pallbearers will be her grandsons.


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