Charlie D Pipes was born in Hardin County on Feb. 14, 1930, the son of the late Herman and Mary Ann Davison Pipes. On Dec. 25, 1950, he was united in marriage to Marlene Wyatt, who survives. Charlie, or Tinker as most people knew him, was a ferryboat operator.
He worked the Hardin County ferryboat for 27 years. Charlie was also a commercial fisherman, he loved hunting, gardening, and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of the New Harmony Baptist Church.
Charlie “Tinker” departed this life on Friday, Jan. 3, at the age of 83 years, 10 months, 20 days.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marlene Wyatt Pipes; daughters, Sandra Anderson, and Janet Oxley and husband Bo; grandchildren, Jennifer Durbin and husband Wesley, Philip “Bump” Oxley, and LeeAnn Shelton; great-grandchildren, Shelby Durbin, Carter Durbin, Charlize Shelton, Wyatt Shelton and Gracie Oxley; and a sister, June Davidson all of Savannah.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, James Kenneth and Joel Wayne Pipes; grandchild, Fonstanda
Lynn Oxley; sisters, Allie Jones, Lantie Alexander, Wilma Dildine, and Bonnie Caldwell and brothers, Melvin Pipes and Herman “Tom” Pipes.
Services were held Sunday, Jan. 5, Savannah with Johnny Burns officiating. Burial followed at New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery in Savannah.