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John Lee Phipps

May 13, 1929 ~ October 11, 2018 (age 89)

John Lee Phipps, 89, of 4484 NC Hwy 93, Sparta, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Genesis Healthcare Alleghany Center in Sparta.  John Lee was born May 13, 1929 in Alleghany County to the late Fred Lee and Roma Roberts Phipps.  He served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict and afterwards, spent many years milking cows and raising tobacco on the family farm.  He was a long-time member of Laurel Glen Church in Sparta.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Rosemary Petty; his step-mother, Grace Phipps; a brother-in-law, Delbert Kennedy. 

John Lee is survived by his wife, Eura Lea Edwards Phipps of the home, two daughters: Cora Phipps and Patricia Jones both of Sparta; a son, John H. Phipps of High Point, NC; six grandchildren: Bryan Brackins Phipps, Cody and Devin Phipps, Joseph Edwards, Kenneth and Karla Jones; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Roma Ruth Kennedy; two nephews and a niece.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Mt. Carmel Union Baptist Church in the Turkey Knob Community of Sparta with the Reverend Tracy Nichols officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by the Bruce Wayne Osborne VFW Post 7034. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church and all other times at the residence.

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