John Thomas “Tom” Phipps was born to the late Roger Phipps and Alice Foots Phipps on June 27, 1943, in Littleton, North Carolina. He transitioned from this earthly life and entered into eternal sleep on Friday, June 19, 2015, at the home of his daughter in Enfield, North Carolina.
John accepted Christ as his personal Savior during his early life, was baptized, and became a member of the Fidelity Baptist Church in the Summit Community of Littleton. He was educated in the Public School System of Halifax County, North Carolina, and graduated from the former John Armstrong Chaloner High School in Roanoke Rapids, NC, with the class of 1962.
After graduation, John relocated to White Plains, New York, where he met and married the love of his life, Sallie Pearl Bailey Evans, in September 1966. He became employed with B. Altman and Company where he met some amazing, life-long friends. John also worked for Auto Metal Finishing Company for over fifteen years and retired from the New York Telephone Company. Not only did he own his own company, Phipps Landscaping, but he was also a Jack-of-all-trades! After residing in White Plains for over forty years, he returned to North Carolina, in 2005, rededicated his life to Christ, and reunited with the Fidelity Baptist Church, where he served faithfully with the Senior Choir and the Male Chorus.
John enjoyed the country life – fishing, cooking out and having BBQ’s, but most of all, he enjoyed his family, and especially LOVED spending time with his grandchildren. They always brought a bright smile to his face.
In 2010, John reunited with his daughter, Toni, and he was ecstatic about the start of this new chapter. Two years later, John was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, and his battle began. Yet, there was one more thing that God had in store for him. In 2014, his daughter, Melissa, entered his life, and now, he was complete. He was blessed and excited to have been given the opportunity to unite with all of his children.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sallie; three sisters; and seven brothers.
Those left to forever cherish the precious memory of his life are his six children: Shirley Pitts (Carlos) of Boca Raton, FL, Ruth Ellen Taylor (Frank) of Enfield, NC, Willie Evans (Carolyn) of Suitland, MD, Toni Phipps Charpentier (Jack) of Dumont, NJ, Melissa Crowder of New Rochelle, NY, and Peggy Walters (Ryan) of Roanoke Rapids, NC; two sisters, Mary Tabron and Arrie Townes of Littleton, NC; fourteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; two goddaughters, Ulaine Brown and Kimberly Graham; eight sisters-in-law; six brothers-in-law; a special friend and companion, Viola Wallace; a son-of-the-heart, James Kittrell; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, June 26, 2015, at the funeral home. Rev. John Rooks will eulogize, and burial will follow in the Fidelity Baptist Church Cemetery, 627 Summit Road, Littleton, NC. The family will receive friends from 7:00-8:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at the funeral home.