The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 1, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013


Claire Alvis Phipps

LELAND, N.C. — 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 11 a.m. 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 Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401, or online at or a charity of one’s choice.

Please share memories and condolences with the family at

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 525 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451, 910-383-3511.

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