Johnnie Bell Pigg

Johnnie Bell Pigg


Johnnie Bell Pigg, age 91 of Grey Mule, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Fairmont Baptist Church with Gary Sullivan officiating.  Interment will follow at Grey Mule Cemetery.  Open visitation will take place Friday afternoon at Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Quitaque.  Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home.

Johnnie Bell Baker Pigg was born March 15, 1928 in Grey Mule, Texas.  Her parents were HE Baker and Lillie Brooks Baker.  She had four brothers: Roy, Hoot, Pat and RL; and two sisters, Artie May and Molly Jo.  They were raised to love and respect not only their families but others as well.  Granny Baker was a hard worker, a pioneer woman who did all she could to make a wonderful home for her family during some hard times.  Granddad Baker was a blacksmith, and Johnnie B. loved getting up at four in the morning to drink coffee with him in his shop in Grey Mule.

She married Jack Pigg and they were one of those couples that you would look at and wonder how that happened, but I guess love, respect and commitment conquers all.  They had quite a life, that was anything but dull.  Dad was a truck driver, farmer and rancher.  Mother helped him in any and all aspects, from driving 18 wheelers to working cows.  Mother wrote songs, and she worked political campaigns, where she and her sister, Molly Jo, met George Jones at a radio station in Houston, TX.  They were doing campaign promos for J Evetts Haley and Mr. Jones was promoting his White Lightning Song.  He remained one of her favorite artists for the rest of her life.  What a life she had!

There is no way to list all of those who preceded her in death as she outlived all her siblings.  Out of the older generation of family, she has four in-laws still living; Uncle Bob and Aunt Jean McCarver, Aunt Chris Baker, and Aunt Delores Pigg.  She is also preceded in death by her husband, Jack; and her boy, Roye Pigg.  We know in our hearts that was a beautiful reunion.

She is survived by many important people, well at least they were important to her if not so much to other people.  She is survived by six kids: Jackie, Janinne, Clayton, Clinton and the two babies, Leslie and Glyn Dee.  She had many 22 grandkids and 38 great-grandkids, and all the added family members that were acquired through marriages or just acquaintances.  We were brought up knowing that it’s not what you are, It’s who you are; and if you look hard enough, you can find the good in everyone.  Practice that and you can’t help but grow your family, far from the bounds of blood.

Her services will be held at Fairmont Baptist Church, and she will be laid to rest at Grey Mule Cemetery, as she spent most of her life in Grey Mule.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Fairmont Baptist Church Soldier Gift Box Fund.

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  1. Betty Lee Meadows on December 7, 2019 at 2:10 am

    My sincere condolences to Janinne and family. So very sorry for your loss.

  2. Able Asebedo on December 11, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    So Sorry My Friends- Have always been treated as family and I loved Johnnie Bell – Grandmother!

  3. Dr. Jan Barton Hamilton on August 19, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    The Hamilton family now is blessed with Mary Elizabeth Pigg Hamilton. Our grandchildren are blessed to share the heritage of this strong woman of tenacity and strength. God bless the entire large family. We are one in God…….the Family of God. Rob Hamilton’s mother, Jan Hamilton.

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