Funeral service for Mr. Dwight Pepper, age 64, of Fayetteville, will be conducted Monday, March 21, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens. Mr. Pepper passed away March 19, 2016 in Huntsville Hospital.
A native of Huntsville, AL, Mr. Pepper was the son of the late Andrew Calvin and Helen Elizabeth Michael Pepper. He was a steel worker in Indiana.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years Betty Pepper of Fayetteville, children Levi (Heather) Shouse of Fayetteville, Dwight Pepper, Jr. of Morgantown, IN, Paul Shouse of Fayetteville, step-son Robert (Beverly) Shouse of Galdwin, MI, brother Ronald (Linda) Pepper of Ludington, MI, sister Sherry (Donald) Dunphy of Birmingham, AL, 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be Sunday, March 20, 2015 from 5 until 8 p.m. and Monday, March 21, 2016 from 1 until 2 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home.
Dwight E. Pepper Sr.
There is a special bond between a son and a dad. That bond builds strength over the time and events that each of us was fortunate enough to share together in our lives. I count myself privileged, honored, and extremely lucky to be one of my dads sons. As I am sure all of my brothers do. As I look back over the years we shared with him together, he was a fantastic dad.
He taught us each everything he could he shaped and molded us into the men we are today. He taught us to love. Our dad loved us. It did not matter how bad we might of screwed up, how far away we was he loved us. I know that he loved everyone, it did not matter who you was or what your station in life was, he loved you unconditionally. He taught us to love God. Our dad made sure from the time we where little that we went to church. That we never just listen to the lesson or sermon but that we followed along and studied the word knowing for ourselves what God said not just what the man up front said he did. He made sure that we understood what was required to make heaven our home. With this knowledge we have no doubt that our dad is bound for his reward.
Dwight, our dad taught us the value of education and working hard. He pushed us everyday to be better than we was the day before. Many times when you would bring home a bad grade, he would say “Your either going to learn to work with your mind or your back” That was always followed up with a very boring, time consuming and most often dirty job to do. It did not take long to learn to study in school. Every project you did with him was an opportunity for him to teach you. He taught us how to read a tape measure, no easy task with all those lines and numbers going on forever, you did not tell him it was 4F and 10 black lines past the 53. For those of you that did not have my dad that’s 4 foot 5 inches and 10/16ths of an inch. If you get stuck feel free to call any of my dads sons, we will be happy to help you.
See he also taught us to give. Dad always was ready to help you. It did not matter if it was his last dollar, if it would help you he would give it to you and miss a meal to make sure you ate. Do you need to put a roof on, build a deck or a tree house our dad was always ready to help you.
Dad always made each of us feel special. Sometimes he would make us feel like Albert Einstein or even superman. If he felt you had already got a little to big for your pants he would bring you down to size fast. Our dad is special. In closing I just want to say the greatest thing he taught his sons is how to be a good husband and dad to our families. Dad we love you and will miss you, but we never will forget you or the lessons you have taught us. We hope we continue to make you proud of the men you made.