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Pastor Arthur Lee Gipson

May 26, 1944 ~ February 4, 2021 (age 76)

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Pastor Arthur Lee Gipson was born on May 26, 1944 in Millington, Tennessee. He transitioned to eternity with his Lord on February 4, 2021, in Dallas, Texas. 

Affectionately regarded as “Art” and “Pops”, Arthur graduated from high school and enlisted in the United States Army. After many years of service, he retired in 1983. He later taught at Bishop College, a historically Black institution of higher learning in Dallas, Texas, which is now closed but remains highly respected.  He was also a JROTC Instructor with Dallas Independent School District for over 25 years. During his tenure with DISD, he taught at multiple schools throughout DFW. In 2013, he retired from the school district. 

Arthur delighted in fixing things. He also enjoyed watching westerns and listening to the blues. Most of all, he loved his family. 

A servant at heart, he was Pastor of the historical Sunshine Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America for 24 years. He was also a member of Brazos River Presbytery where he served on the Historical Foundation Board, Judiciary Board, Trustee Board, and the Committee of Ministry Board.   

Arthur's thoughtful, energetic, loving, humble, and reliable nature will be fondly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

He was preceded in death by his father, James Edward Williams, Sr.; his mother, Georgia Mae Gipson; his children: Arthur Lee Gipson, Jr., Sandra Crawford, and Alfred Gipson; his sister, Jacqueline Hayes; and his brothers, James Edward Williams, Jr. and  Isaac Williams.  Those left to cherish precious memories include his children, Hazel Walker and Marcus Gipson; former spouse, Artrey Gipson; his grandchildren: Latisha Kautz, Ryan Ware, Reagan Walker, Erim Adewole, and Pedro Esquibel; his great-grandchildren: Andrew Kautz, Kaycen Ware, Xander Esquibel, and Layla Esquibel; his two sons-in-law and one daughter-in-law; his brothers: Sidney Williams, Michael Williams, Willie Williams, and Timothy Williams; his beloved Sunshine Cumberland church family; and a host of other relatives and dear friends. 

Service in Tennessee provided by Jefferson Mortuary at 7788 Church Street, Millington, Tennessee 38053 - 901-872-4722 -

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Celebratory Viewing
February 11, 2021

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Chamberland Funerals & Cremations
333 West Avenue D
Garland, TX 75040

Celebratory Viewing
February 14, 2021

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Jefferson Mortuary
7788 Church Street
Millington, TN 38053

Celebration of Life
February 14, 2021

2:00 PM
Jefferson Mortuary
7788 Church Street
Millington, TN 38053

National Cemetery Interment with Military Honors
February 23, 2021

9:00 AM
West Tennessee Veterans Cemtery
4000 Forest Hill Irene Road
Memphis, TN 38125

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Masks are required. * All are invited to join us for a Zoom Celebration of Life at, Passcode 252058, at 1:30 PM Sunday, February 14, 2021, as we celebrate the life of our beloved Arthur.
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