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Hero Down: Monroe County Deputy Jimmy ‘Pip’ Pipkins Succumbs To Pneumonia

Hatley, MS – Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) Deputy Jimmy “Pip” Pipkins died on Jan. 10 during a battle with pneumonia.

The 65-year-old deputy served the MCSD for 30 years after retiring from a prior career, WCBI reported.

“Committed, dedicated, hard working, loving, caring Irreplaceable! These are the words that come to our mind this morning as we mourn with the family of Deputy Jimmy Pipkins in their loss,” the sheriff’s department said in a Facebook post on Jan. 11.

Deputy Pipkins joined the MCSD as a part-time deputy in 1992, but he often worked far more than the required 30 hours per week, WCBI reported.

Every morning, he would head down to the crosswalk at Hatley School to direct traffic.

“He would park at the crosswalk in front of the school until all those kids were crossed, and then he would shoot down there to the intersection and get the late students through the intersection and the parents trying to get to work,” Monroe County Sheriff Kevin Crook told WCBI.

“He was willing to do anything,” Sheriff Crook said. “If we needed him to work court, he was going to work court. If we needed him to serve papers, he served papers. Patrol needs him to answer calls? He answers calls.”

Sheriff Crook said he’d just checked in on the longtime deputy via text a couple of days before he passed away.

“[I] was hoping he was on the road to recovery,” the sheriff told WCBI.

MCSD Deputy Willie Lockett said Deputy Pipkins was like a brother to him, WCBI reported.

“He loved his family and he really loved being a deputy,” Deputy Lockett said. “He’d do anything to help you. Nice guy. And he did his job and he did it well.”

Deputy Pipkins “was the guy you wanted covering your back when things got bad,” according to his obituary.

“Dependable, welcoming, and a man who was always honest, Pip was a great example of integrity in action,” the tribute read. “He never met a stranger and always did what he could to work things out for the betterment of all.”

Deputy Pipkins leaves behind his wife, Julie.

He is also survived by his siblings, stepson, niece, and nephews.

Deputy Pipkins was laid to rest Jan. 13.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jimmy “Pip” Pipkins, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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