Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory

4520 North Crossover Road, P.O. Box 8982, Fayetteville, AR

Phone: 479-521-5000

Thomas 'Peppy' Pepsin

Fayetteville, AR

1931 - 2013

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Published: January 20, 2013

Thomas "Peppy" Pepsin, 81, of Fayetteville died Jan. 16, 2013. Peppy was born Nov. 21, 1931, in Taylor, Pa. He was the son of the late John Pepsin and Margaret Donelly Pepsin.

Peppy was a high school football coach. He played football for Taylor High School, and received a football scholarship to the University of Miami where he played from 1951-1955. He served in the Army from 1956-1958.

He was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals. He played football for the new Canadian League- The Hamilton Tiger Cats. He was also on the All Army Football Team in Ulm, Germany.

He was a member of the University of Miami "M Club," Iron Arrow, Phi Delta Theta fraternity, ROTC and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Pepsin; daughter, Deonna "Dee Dee" Tucker and her husband, Robert Tucker; grandsons, Dante and Daniel Vaught (Lillian); granddaughter, Deanna Tucker; great-grandchild, Victoria Vaught; sister, Marie Mashurak; brother, Frank Pepsin; and niece, Michelle Gawal.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until rosary time at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Nelson-Berna Funeral Home.

Funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springdale, with Father John Connell officiating. Burial will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fayetteville National Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials in his name go to St. Raphael Youth Group, 1386 S. West End St., Springdale, AR 72764; or Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762.

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