Willie Ray Phipps, age 86 of Tazewell, TN went to be with the Lord on July 21, 2011. He was born in Pineville, KY on April 7, 1925. By vocation, he was a sawyer; his passion was farming. The ultra-outcome was that he fought a good fight, he had finished his course; he had kept the faith. Now he is absent from his earthly body and is present with the Lord.
Willie was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee Phipps; his grandson, Matthew Phipps; his parents, Robin and Mary Phipps; sisters Dovie Travelbee, Hazel Ciski, Damie McNamara and Bessie Elling; brothers, Columbus and Limon Phipps.
Willie is survived by daughters, Jennifer Barnett and husband Ted of Tazewell, TN and Debra Fuson and husband Steve of Pineville, KY; two sons, Robin Phipps and Terry Phipps and wife Jessie both of Tazewell, TN. His grandchildren are Wendi Jones and husband Dean, Amy Gambrel and husband Tom, Shelley Burgin and husband David, Brittany Jones and husband Tim, Chistopher Fuson, Katie and Jennia Phipps. He is survived by one sister Mollie Estep, Toledo, OH. He was blessed with ten great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Sunday, July 24, 2011 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Claiborne ? Overholt Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7:00pm in the Claiborne ? Overholt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Preston Smith officiating. Graveside services will be conducted Monday, July 25, 2011 at 10:00am in the Fairview Cemetery. Family and friends will meet at the Cemetery.