Lisa Decasa Pippins, age 60, passed away surrounded by family and friends the first day of the new year, 2023.
Lisa D was born the last daughter of Bobbie Joe and Juanita Denton Pippins on March 27, 1962, in Longview, Texas.
At an early age, Lisa D joined and was baptized at the Friendship Baptist Church. Until her earthly departure, Lisa D remained an active and dedicated member. Some of her church duties included the mass choir, the usher staff, the Women’s Mission group, a Sunday School member, and she loved encouraging the church youth. She participated in any other auxiliary that needed a presence.
Lisa D attended schools in the Longview Independent School District and was a Longview High School alumna of the Class of 1980, where she was active in school groups, track and field, and volleyball.
After graduating high school, Lisa D attended Wiley College in Marshall, Texas and studied psychology. She was a member of the Wiley Kittens volleyball team where she was recognized for her outstanding athleticism. Lisa D was a “finer woman with vision” as a member of the Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
After leaving Wiley College, Lisa D continued to showcase her sports talents – this time on the diamond – as a member of local softball goddesses and national champions, E.F. Hutton Honeys. Lisa D played softball many years after the Honeys dissolved in local and regional tournaments including the Juneteenth Tournament in Longview, the Turnip Green Festival Tournament in Easton, Texas, the Fire Ant Festival Tournament in Marshall, and the Sickle Cell Tournament in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Lisa D had an infectious appetite for helping others. For many years she worked as a professional and personal caregiver at nursing facilities and in private homes throughout the city. Lisa D ensured that those in need received the care that she thought they deserved, whether it be feeding the hungry, offering sitting services, or homemaker and personal tasks. She provided non-judgmental, non-objective care. This was when she was happiest.
Proceeding her in death are her parents, Bobbie and Juanita; a brother Samuel Pippins; nieces Waverly Champion and Trequlia Pippins; a nephew Parnell Hickman; great-nieces Angel Randall and Antia Hickman; and great-nephews Alphonso Mitchell, Aquiché Pippins, Jordyn Henderson, and Le’Darvion George.
Those left to cherish her memories are her brothers, Larry (Barbara) Pippins, Tommie Pippins, Kenneth (Cheryl) Pippins, Cedric (Linda) Pippins, and Brad (Darkecia) Pippins. Her sisters include Linda (Wayne) Mayo, Jean (Jerriel) Dixon, Alice Pippins, Debra Mitchell, Phyllis (Larry) Rose, Sheron Pippins, and Renita Pippins. Also included is a special friend, Lee Benton.
Lisa D’s most special moments and cherished memories are with her nieces and nephews. Each of them will miss her life’s messages, her guidance, and her Aunt-Lisa-D Smile.
Lisa D also leaves behind many cousins: The Pippins Arlington, The Moodys, The Taylors, The Craytons, The Wilson/Glaspies and The Dentons.
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