Donald Eugene Pepper

Born: Tue., Oct. 24, 1944
Died: Mon., May 1, 2017


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., May 06, 2017
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., May 06, 2017
Location: McCommons Chapel

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Donald Eugene Pepper
    Donald Eugene Pepper, age 72, of Greensboro, GA passed away Monday, May 1, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, GA after a long battle with multiple illnesses.  He was born October 24, 1944 in Little Rock, AR the son of the late Roy Pepper and Hazel Strauser Pepper.  After graduating from Mammoth High School in Arkansas in 1962, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1967, relocating to Savannah, GA where he attended Savannah Voc-Tech and Savannah State College, studying electronics and computer programming.  In April, 1972, he enlisted in GA Air National Guard and was assigned to 117th Air Control Squadron at Hunter Army-Air Field and during his service, he received many awards and decorations by the USAF and GANG to include the Meritorious Service Medal.  He also received his Associates Degree from the Community College of the Air Force in Communications Technology.  He retired from the military on December 31, 2001, with over thirty-five years of military service.
    Extremely patriotic, he took tremendous pride in serving his country, as well as pride in his schnauzer dogs and college football (especially UGA Bulldogs and Arkansas Razorbacks).   After residing in Pooler since 1972, he relocated in 2012 to Greensboro, GA where he and his wife could be closer to their daughter.
    Donald is survived by his wife of nearly forty-five years, Fleta Glover Pepper of Greensboro, GA; daughter, Michelle Carter Stroup and her husband Eddie of Atlanta, GA; sister, Phyllis Pepper Diederich of Pooler, GA;  a number of nieces, nephews and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Francis Pepper.
    Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at McCommons Chapel, 109 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA with Mike Horn officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until time for the service.
    Visitation will also be held at 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home, 827 Chestnut Street, Thayer, MO 65791 on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  Interment with full military honors will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.  
    The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148, St. Mary’s Hospice, P. O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604 or the charity of your choice.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of local arrangements.  Visit us at to sign the online guest register.  


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Tammy Miller
   Posted Tue May 02, 2017

FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent by Dennis .

We are praying for you and your family, so sorry for your loss. Dennis & Tammy Miller

Andy Pinckney & Family
   Posted Tue May 02, 2017
My heart cries for my Uncle Pepper, Fleeta and Michelle.
Pepper will be remembered by many as a calming voice in a crazy world.
He will always be the fine caring Uncle and 36 years old in my heart just as I will remember him.
Please know in your hearts he has moved on to be with our Lord and will be at peace for eternity.
The Rock Hill Pinckney's send all of their love and prayers!

CW4(R) Barry Thomason
   Posted Wed May 03, 2017
You always brought a smile to any room you walked into.You are and were loved by all that knew you. The world will miss you and need more like you. I salute you and hope to see you again one day.

John Findley
   Posted Wed May 03, 2017
Donald Pepper always offered time to those who served with him. Time to talk, time to mentor, time to joke, and time for friendship. I will always carry a fond place in my heart for Chief Pepper...May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.

Joan Brown
   Posted Wed May 03, 2017
My condolences for the loss of your loved one, and may the future promises of God to mankind at Revelation 21:3,4,5, comfort you in your time of sorrow.

MSgt.(R) Rick Fouts
   Posted Wed May 03, 2017
I served with Chief Pepper for 17+ years. He was a great man​ and always hàd a smile on his face. You will be missed. May you rest in peace.


Johnny Champion
   Posted Wed May 03, 2017
Chief Pepper was one of the best friends that I, as well as the 129th/118th, and really the whole Air Control community, ever had. Always helpful, taking the time to answer even my silliest questions. Any thing I needed, he was just a phone call away. He will be missed, and your family is in my prayers.
SMS (Ret) Johnny Champion
129 ACS

Karen Bland Hammett (Helen Pepper Lacy's daughter (Kayo))
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
Fleta and Michelle, so sorry for the loss of Donnie. We are losing too many of our loved ones. I was so hoping to get to visit at one of our reunions. May he rest in peace, and may God hold you in His arms during your grief. God bless you both and keep you safe these next two weeks of services and travel.

Karen Hammett

Harry R. Prince, CWO4 USAF Ret
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
Sorry to hear this. It was my pleasure to have known and worked with him. He was a very honorable Man.

Carolyn Ricketson
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
My heart is breaking for Fleta and Michelle as I know what you are feeling and what you will be going through in the future. I know Pepper is no longer in pain and is a much better place. Remember his amazing life and all the memories of the good times to take you through the pain of missing him. I hope you will call on me when you need anything.

Frank G. Murray, CCMSGT (Ret.)
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
Fleta, Donald and I shared a special bond, we both had Prostate Cancer Surgery not to far apart. We had lots of conversations about those experiences.
PEP was a True Patriot and was always ready to help regardless of the person or situation. It was an Honor to call Chief PEP a friend.
Fleta, you and your family are in Kathryn and my prayers. May God wrap his arms around you and you will feel his love at this sad time.

Jay Pinckney and Family
   Posted Fri May 05, 2017
Our hearts are with you. There will always be a special place for Uncle Pepper.

Jean motes
   Posted Fri May 05, 2017
Fleta, just wanted you to know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers, regarding the loss of Pepper.

David M West MSG Retired, 117ACS
   Posted Sat May 06, 2017
I was truly saddened to hear about Donald's death. He was a true friend. We served together in the 117ACS for more that 25 years. I will always remember him. Sorry that I am not able to attend his funeral.

Eric Pellegrino
   Posted Thu December 07, 2017
I worked with Donald when we were in the 2874th GEEIA squadron at Ramstein AB Germany in 1964-66. I remember him as a kind man with a great sense of humor. We enjoyed working together on several communications projects in Germany. My condolences to you for your loss.