This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Madie Gipson, 100 years old, born on December 18, 1918, and passed away on April 7, 2019. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Kathy Rester Fisher on April 11, 2019
Such an amazing tribute to an AMAZING woman and the family legacy she leaves with y'all. God bless each of you and I pray for God's comfort for you all. Bryan and Eileen.....sending hugs, love and prayers to you all. Wish I could be there. ~Kathy~

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Posted by Kathy Rester Fisher on April 11, 2019
Such an amazing tribute to an AMAZING woman and the family legacy she leaves with y'all. God bless each of you and I pray for God's comfort for you all. Bryan and Eileen.....sending hugs, love and prayers to you all. Wish I could be there. ~Kathy~
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Obituary ran April 12, 2019 in Hattiesburg American (extended version)

Madie Ray Rogers Gipson, fondly called “Mother,” passed peacefully on Sunday, April 7th, 2019, fulfilling her goal in reaching 100 years of life.  Oldest daughter of the late Ellie and Sylvester Rogers, she was preceded in death by 7 siblings, LaRue Rogers (Millie), Buster Rogers (Jernie), Howard Rogers (Mary), Hardy Rogers (Olga), Margaret “Sis” Alexander (Charles), Betty Rester (Stanton), and Ann Bounds (Buddy).  She was widow to Elmer O’Neil Amacker, Sr., deceased 1940, and Alvin Henry Gipson, deceased 2004.  Madie Ray was also preceded by her 2 sons, Alvin Ray Gipson, Sr. (Susan), and Army Major Elmer O’Neil Amacker, Jr. (Judy), along with grandchild, Army Corporal Michael Andrew Amacker.

                Born on December 16, 1918, in Queen City, Texas, Madie Ray learned the importance of hard work and family values.  She married her first husband, Elmer Amacker, in 1935, and after his passing in a tragic accident, Madie Ray relocated with her 3 young children to Poplarville, MS., to gain her footing. In 1943, she married her second husband, Alvin Gipson, and welcomed 4 more children into their family.  Being the matriarch of her large blended family never stopped Madie Ray in becoming a progressive woman of her generation.  She skillfully balanced raising children (and some grandchildren), while simultaneously running 4 successful small businesses.  These included, the first Taxi service of Poplarville, MS., Magnolia Court Hotel, Southern Lumber Company, and Gipson Building Supply.  Even with the continued growth and success of her professional life, Madie Ray always maintained family as the center of hers.  As her family grew, Madie Ray felt tremendous joy in being a grandmother and aunt to many.  She always found great pleasure in welcoming each new addition to her very large, ever growing family.  Some of Madie Ray’s personal accomplishments include being a member of an all girls’ professional basketball team during World War II, and the first female to hold the title of Colonel under Mississippi’s Governor, Ross Barnett.

Madie Ray leaves behind a legacy almost as large as her family. Her strength, work ethic, determination, discipline (sometimes shown with a switch), loyalty, and love have been passed down to many. These virtues will live on for many generations to follow.

                She is survived by her children, Barbara Pace Highstreet (Paul), Sandra Peters (Larry), Scott Rogers Gipson (Sandy), Bryan LaRue Gipson, Sr. (Eileen), Steven Neil Gipson, Sr. (Sarah), her grandchildren, Billy Pace, Jennifer Pace Martin, Tracy Pace Gill, Shelly Pace Winstead, Alvin “Chip” Ray Gipson, Jr., Wendi Gipson Lipford, April Gipson Reaves, Alan Peters , Kim Peters Stone, Dawn Peters, Beth Peters Cooling, Lynn Amacker, Leaa Amacker Harry, David Amacker, John Charles Gipson, Brandy Gipson Anderson, Brynn Gipson Strahan, Bryan LaRue Gipson, Jr., Charles Edward Gipson, Whittney Gipson McMillan, Danacey Gipson Vasquez, Jace Steven Gipson, Steven Neil Gipson, Jr., and Sidney Alvin Gipson, her 46 great grandchildren, and 21 great great grandchildren.

                Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation at White’s Funeral Home 315 Highway 11 South Poplarville, MS. 39470, Saturday, April 13, 2019, 5:00pm until 9:00pm.  Funeral services at White’s Funeral Home Monday, April 15, 2019, at 12:00pm, officiated by Madie Ray’s nephew, Dane Bounds.  Interment Poplarville City Cemetery.  Contributions may be made to Pearl River Community College.

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Life Sketch of Madie Ray Rogers Amacker Gipson

Shared by Dane Bounds on May 13, 2019

This is an edited version of the eulogy I gave at Aunt Madie Ray's funeral.

-Dane Bounds

Shared by Brynn Elaine on April 17, 2019

I hadn’t realized the profound impact Mother had on shaping me as an individual until I opened a box of pictures, Sunday, April 14.  Being that my parents’ divorce caused a tremendous gap where she was absent from my life (something that weighs heavily on my heart), I had forgotten the years I was blessed to have spent essentially living with Mother.  I was brought home to her house from the hospital.  These pictures sent memories rushing back to time spent with my dad, Pop, cousins, aunts, and uncles, most of which were buried from the pain of never knowing if I’d see any of them again, especially Mother.  The memories of her cooking, her getting on to dad when he’d let Little Bryan and I get away with murder, watching Dallas, the Christmas mornings spent opening presents, the family gatherings swapping stories and jokes, telling me her love for Elvis,her showing me how to snap beans and make jam ... So many in such a short span of 5 years.   She also taught me family is everything.  Whether by blood, or marriage, we all have an unbreakable bond.  She also taught me to keep the door open for family, even if they aggravate the hell out of you (to this day I remember her complaining about Aunt Millie when I was 4, but forever stayed by her side).  

 I am forever grateful that she and Pop never gave up searching for my brother and I.  If it wasn’t for her untiring effort and stubbornness, I wouldn’t have a relationship with my dad, he wouldn’t have known his grandchildren, and Hayden & Parker wouldn’t have known the love of the most amazing great grandmother on the planet.  Words can not describe the ache in my heart knowing I’ll never hear her say my name again. 

Thank you, God, for allowing her to have enough strength to sit up and open her eyes at me the day before her death.  I’ll cherish that eternally.

I love you, Mother

Always Supportive, Always Fun

Shared by Eileen Gipson on April 11, 2019

Mother was always supportive in every way.  She was never critical, always listened, and made this daughter-in-law feel like her daughter in every way.  We laughed and had the most enjoyable time whether we were on vacation, visiting during holidays, or just living our lives. 

When Charles was little I would call her and ask "Do you want to hear your Charles Chuckle for today?"  Then we would laugh about Charles' newest cute saying or some new antic.  

After Pop died in 2004 Mother would come to visit us and stay for about 2 months,  she rotated between Barbara, Sandra, Neil, and us, what fun we had during those visits. In the last years since 2012 Mother came to live with us full time, Sandra would fly down or Scott would take Mother to Poplarville a couple times a year to give us a break, we will cherish those years of time spent together.  She had daily contact with children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren she loved.  She touched so many lives in her 100 years and we were blessed to have her love and guidance.  We will miss you Mother.