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 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 05, 2013
    Harriet Schroeder says:
    Dear Martha and Clair, My sincerest sympathy for you and your families. Love and prayers, Harriet

  • September 02, 2013
    Linda Simmons says:
    My heart goes out to your family during this difficult time. No words can ease the pain and loss you are feeling. Rejoice in your treasured memories of such a wonderful woman.