CENTRAL CITY – Bro. Donald Dean Piper, 80 of Central City, died Monday, October 5, 2020 at Owensboro Heartford House Hospice. Born December 1, 1939 in Muhlenberg County Kentucky. He was a Missionary Baptist minister and pastored for 56 years. During his ministry he pastored 11 churches in 5 counties. Bro. Piper earned a Master of Theology degree and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree through Friendship Baptist Theological Seminary. He taught classes there as well. Bro. Don went on a missionary trip to Central America to help build a church and was honored to preach the dedication message for the new church. He was Vacation Bible School director for the Muhlenberg County Baptist Association for 2 years. He also worked 12 ½ years as a Service Technician for Sears and Roebuck. Bro. Piper is preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Onie Long Piper; brothers, J.W. Piper and Clyde Piper Jr. and sister Lois Piper Vincent.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Hazel Joines Piper of Central City; son, Wayne (Elizabeth) Piper of Bowling Green; daughter, Debbie (Keith) Tabb of Bevier; grandsons, Craig (Cindy) Dixon of Greenville, Caleb Piper of Louisville, and Tate (Morgan) Piper of Russellville; Granddaughters, Sarah (Jason) Hill of Greenville, and McCall (Joe) Hood of Bowling Green; great-grandchildren, Ethan Hill, Ryleigh Hill, Autumn Dixon, and Arin Dixon.
Funeral services for Bro. Piper will be Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City, KY with Rev. Curtis McGehee and Rev. John Day III officiating. Graveside service will be conducted by Rev. E.W. Greenwalt at Rose Hill Cemetery in Central City. Visitation for Bro. Piper will be Saturday, October 17, at 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends who are attending the visitation and funeral are asked to wear a face mask and practice social distancing for the safety of all those in attendance, in accordance with the governor’s mandate. In compliance with health and public safety directives capacity will be limited in accordance with state guidelines. Online condolences may be made at www.tuckerfuneralhomes.com.