Claire Alvis Phipps

January 7, 1916 - August 30, 2013
Claire Alvis Phipps

Claire Alvis Phipps passed away in hospice care near Leland, NC, on Friday, August 30, 2013, and has joined her Lord and Savior and her husband, Paul Phipps, who died October 23, 1998 in heaven. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her sister, Frances Hulbert, Washington, NC, and her brother, Harry Alvis, Jr, Lynchburg, VA, and their spouses.

She was born January 7, 1916 in Lynchburg, VA, and was a graduate of E.C. Glass High School, Lynchburg, VA and a graduate of Lynchburg College. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Beckley, WV, where she taught and played the piano for the Primary Department Sunday School and was a member of the Christian Woman’s Fellowship. She was also a past President of the Beckley Woman’s Club, a past President of the Flowering Hills Garden Club, a Master Judge Emeritus of the National Garden Club, and was a member of the Beckley Girl Scouts Council. She was a loving, caring person and was devoted to her family, her community and her church.

Survivors include her son, Robert Phipps, and his wife Florence, of Florence, SC and their son, Dr. Noel Phipps, and his wife, Dr. Michele Phipps, and their children, William, Cate, Forrest and Parker of Florence, SC. Also, a daughter, Martha Noel Winkeler and her husband, Arthur, of Leland, NC, and her three children Hank Hickman and his wife, Ashley, and their children Joseph, Joel and Ali of Hillsborough, NC; Claire Clemmons and her husband, Paul, and their children Caroline and Andy of Leland, NC; and Russell Hickman of Philadelphia, PA.

There will be a graveside ceremony will be 11 am Tuesday in Beckley, WV, at Sunset Memorial Park cemetery on Harper Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401 or on-line at hospiceandlifecarecenter.org or a charity of one’s choice.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, Village Road Chapel, 525 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451, 910.383.3511


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  • September 02, 2013
    darrell &marsha phipps says:
    We are so sorry to hear about aunt Claire, we will see you at the cemetary. our love and prayers are with you all.

  • September 02, 2013
    Jean Jones says:
    Martha and Claire, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother and grandmother. Have peace knowing that you took such good care of her and that she was so loved by you both. Jean

  • September 02, 2013
    Jean Jones says:
    Martha and Claire, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother and grandmother. Have peace knowing that you took such good care of her and that she was so loved by you both. Jean

  • September 01, 2013
    Rob Rappold says:
    Our thoughts, prayers and so many warm memories are with Bob, Martha and their families at this time. Paul and Claire Phipps; models for every young couple. I think of them both often and although I knew the time would come, as it will for each of us, I liked knowing that Mrs. Phipps was still with us near Martha. I'm very sad that I have a work commitment out of town Tuesday that involves several other people and will not be able to be with you at Sunset, but will be thinking of you and the many warm memories. May God bless and keep you at this sad time. Rob & Barbara Rappold

  • August 31, 2013
    Ellen I Keating says:
    My deepest sympathy at this time of loss and sorrow. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.