The IPHC family mourns the passing of Mrs. Evelyn Elaine (Deedee) Springer. Her lifelong contributions to the IPHC through her local church, our educational institutions, and denominational ministries revealed the godly character of this humble servant of Jesus. We join with her family in celebrating her life and in the knowledge that she is with our Lord Jesus Christ.” IPHC General Superintendent A.D. Beacham, Jr.
Evelyn Elaine (Deedee) Irvin Springer passed away on September 30, 2022 in her home surrounded by friends and family. Deedee, as she was affectionately known by her friends and family, was born in Memphis, TN on February 13, 1933 to Thomas and Mildred Irvin. She graduated in 1951 with honors from Central High School and that same year married the love of her life, Clyde Springer. For several years she worked alongside her husband and brother-in-law, James Watson, when they opened Armstrong Relocation in 1957. As a member of the Whitehaven Jaycettes, she helped produce the Whitehaven Junior Miss Pageant. Deedee was a devoted Christian and a member of Compassion Church Germantown, where she served in many roles including Sunday School teacher, choir member, Women’s Ministry Director, Bible study teacher, and Prayer Ministry volunteer. She also served on the board of Southwestern Christian University and on the Home and Family Life Council of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. As an avid supporter iof many IPHC ministries, she helped promote World Missions, Hope4Sudan, The Awakening, and the Hope Center. Another one of her greatest passions was the University of Memphis Tigers, whom she supported all of her adult life, traveling with the basketball team to most away games and enthusiastically waving her pompom from the front row when they played at home. For many of her later years she was warmly referred to as “Grandma” by the team and was even honored by the U of M athletic department as the #1 Tiger Fan. Deedee was preceeded in death by her parents, her husband, and sisters Joy Watson and Carolyn Irvin. She is survived by her sister Pat Almond, two daughters, Karen Fields Isaacman (Ken) and Lauren Pickens; and four grandchildren, Allison Fields, Clint Fields, Mark Pickens Jr. (Elizabeth) and Jessica Barroso (Max). She also leaves five great grandchildren (Tyler, Simon, Noah, Abigail, & Lucas) and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank her caregivers who took special care of her in recent times: Petrey Mack, Linda Baraka, Christy Cannon, Jean Winters, Stella Lovelady, Ray Seaberry, and Camisha Wiseman. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Deedee’s memory to Hope4Sudan, The Awakening, University of Memphis athletics Department or a charity of your choice. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday October 4th at 11:00 am at Memorial Park Funeral Home 5668 Poplar Ave Memphis TN with a visitation prior starting at 9:30.