Obituary: David Siplin, Jr.Jun 28th, 2013 | By Jacob | Category: Obituaries
David Siplin, Jr. passed peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior on June 11, 2013, at the Lake City VA Medical Center. On August 3, 1945, Rosa Lee Boatman and David Siplin, Sr. gave birth to their first-born son, David Siplin, Jr. in Madison, Florida. David was educated within the Madison County Public School System and graduated from Madison County Training School in 1963. Shortly thereafter he enlisted and served in the United States Army from September 17, 1965 to September 16, 1968 and a member of the reserves until September 16, 1971. He was a combat veteran in the Vietnam War. After receiving an honorable discharge, David returned to Madison and worked locally until he relocated to Miami. He obtained employment and became a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 769 while working at Roadway Express, Inc. as a professional truck driver. He retired from Roadway after 30 years of service. David accepted Christ as his personal Savior and joined St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Miami, where he served as the male chorus President and as a dedicated Sunday School Teacher. He also sang with a local quartet group. In 2007, David relocated back to his hometown, Madison. He joined Pineland Missionary Baptist Church and was ordained as a Deacon in July of 2009. He continued to teach Sunday School, serve with the Men’s Ministry and sing in the choir. He served faithfully until his health failed. David was a gifted singer and sang with a local group, “The Faithful Few” and also sang at various events throughout the city. He loved to bless others with his gift. He leaves to cherish his memories: two daughters, Janell Siplin of Alexandria, Va., and Lakenya Siplin, of Madison, one son, Demetrius Ivory; three sisters, Barbara Miller (Charlie) Huntsville, Ala/; Dorothy Alexander (Alphonas) of Madison, Marva Boatman, of Washington, D.C.; one brother, Michael Boatman (Eula) of Madison, two brothers preceded him in death, Jimmie Siplin and Sidney Siplin; two sister-in-laws, Annie Siplin and Eloise Siplin; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a devoted friend, Jacqueline Taylor and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral services was held 11 a.m. on June 15, 2013 at Pineland Missionary Baptist Church in Madison and burial was held Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville. Funeral Services are entrusted to Cooks & Cooper Funeral Home, 162 SW Third Ave. Madison, Florida, 32340, (850)-973-6666, or (850) 973-6698 Fax.