Gail Lynn Rutledge Flippin left this world on Monday, Aug. 15, to join her Lord and Savior and family and friends in heaven. She was 69 years old. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at the Southside Church with Dr. Tan Flippin and the Rev. Alan Wallace officiating. Interment will follow at the Greenleaf Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.

She was born in Brownwood on Nov.13, 1941, to Ernest (E.W.) and Ercil Billings Rutledge. She attended school locally and graduated Brownwood High School in 1960.

She married Eddie Joe Flippin on Dec.18, 1959. Upon graduating from high school, she went to join him in Germany where he was stationed in the Army.

Gail lived most of her married life in Pioneer?between Cross Plains and Rising Star. She was a member of the Eastern Star, having served as past worthy matron and a star point at every station.

She was a Baptist and an active member at Southside Baptist Church in Brownwood. She was a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, Women's Missionary Union member, and a volunteer in many other church ministries.

She retired from 3M in 1999. She was a member of the Brownwood Garden Club, volunteered at the Pregnancy Care Center, and was a pink lady at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. She also taught Bible study classes for the Christian Women's Job Corps.

She is survived by two sons, Dr. Tancrede (Tan) Wayman Flippin and wife Janet of Denison, Tye A Flippin of Coleman; and one daughter Tamara Kay Flippin Alexander and husband Justin of Roscoe. She also had five grandchildren, Drew Flippin and Erin Flippin of Memphis, Tenn., Mason Flippin of Brownwood, and Jaci Alexander and Jaden Alexander of Roscoe. She is also survived by one sister, Janice Rutledge Moore of Brownwood.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Don Ernest Rutledge.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Christian Women's Job Corps or the Pregnancy Care Center in her memory.

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Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.