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Posted on April 20, 2016
Carolyn Pippenger, owner of SignPrinters and an active member of the local community, passed away on April 15, 2016.
Along with her husband Alan, she ran SignPrinters for 31 years. The business, located on Max Drive on the west side of town, met the needs of small businesses and local governments across the Big Bend region and was the destination for many local politicians and political candidates during campaign season.
Before becoming the owner of SignPrinters, she was a financial counselor at Florida State University and an assistant vice-president at the Barnett Bank of Tallahassee.
She was an active member of the Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates (NEBA) for eleven years and served as the group’s Secretary and Treasurer.
NEBA issued a statement, that in part, read:
“All who knew Carolyn remember her bright smile, sparkling eyes, and unfailing optimism. She was the light of her husband’s life and a true friend who lit up every room she walked into. Our deepest sympathies go to her husband Alan, sister Charlene, and the extended family & friends who are touched by her loss.”
She also participated in the Tallahassee Chamber Leads Group program and was a member of the Tips of Tallahassee.
One of the most powerful tributes was written by Carolyn’s nephew, Christopher:
“I just want to take a moment to thank her. Carolyn Pippenger, along with my uncle Alan Pippenger, opened up their home and offered me a job working for them when I needed it. They are the greatest influence to me on how to be an uncle to my nieces and nephews. They never forgot a birthday, Christmas or any major event like weddings and graduations. I am forever blessed to have been able to have her as my aunt and pray for my mom and uncle as they prepare for a life without their sister and wife.”
A memorial service will be held this Saturday at Thomasville Road Baptist Church in the fellowship hall at 10:30 am.