Bailey Pippin
Bailey Pippin
It was with mixed emotions that Bryson students, parents, teachers and fans met for the first pep rally of the season in the Bryson school gym last week. Missing was a beloved teammate, Bailey Pippin, who passed away May 26, 2013, at his home, just barely a month shy of his 15th birthday. He loved life, school, friends and football. His death was sudden and unexplained, and impacted the end of school events. Senior Keelan Thornburg gave the pep rally speech announcing the dedication of the football season to Bailey. "Last year when our year was winding down, a horrible accident happened. We lost Bailey Pippin, a great friend, a great player and a great teammate. No one saw this coming, but it was Bailey's time.
The Bryson Cowboy football team dedicated the season to the memory of Bailey Pippin, who died last May. Those football players are (from left) Brady
The Bryson Cowboy football team dedicated the season to the memory of Bailey Pippin, who died last May. Those football players are (from left) Brady Wiedebusch, Lane Smith, Christian Kondracki, Parker Walden, Montana Finch, Keelan Thornburg, Tyler Tuel, David Crager, Kolby Mosley, Donovan Sylva, Cullen Seal and Tristen Urbanczyk. Bailey s sister, Kayleigh Pippin, is holding Bailey s little brother, Tommy (front, left center). T-shirts are being sold with proceeds going to a memorial scholarship in Bailey s name. To purchase a shirt, contact Dhana Thornburg at (940) 229-0059. They are $20.
He had fulfilled his purpose on this earth at a young age and if you knew Bailey, you know exactly where he is right now, with his Lord and Saviour in Heaven. "I am happy to say I was lucky enough to know Bailey and participate in sports with him. He had a huge heart and showed it when he played. He might not be in the game tonight, but he will be in our hearts. Bailey is gone, but not forgotten. I hope that everyone on this football team will play without fear like Bailey did. "We chose as a team to dedicate this season in memory of Bailey. I want everyone to give 100 percent tonight with him on their minds. "I also want to say we love Bailey's parents, Pat and Callie. As a football team, we will be behind you and support you like you have done for us. "Everything we accomplish this season is for you, Bailey, so tonight, guys, let's make him smile in Heaven." Bailey left behind a sister, Kaleigh, and a brother, Tommy, as well as parents, Pat and Callie Pippin. T-shirts are being sold in memory of Bailey for $20. If interested, contact Dhana Thornburg at (940) 229-0059. Proceeds will fund a memorial scholarship in Bailey's name.