A memorial service for Thomas W. Phippen, 91, of Gravette, Ark., will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 25, 2012 at The Church On The Hill in Gravette. Arrangements were by the Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory in Bella Vista, Ark.
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Thomas Washington Phippen was born March 2, 1921 in Audubon County to Thomas Phippen and Dagmar Jensen Phippen, and died Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at the Circle of Life Legacy Village in Bentonville, Ark.
He was raised and educated in Exira. He moved to Gravette, Ark. in 1974. After the death of his wife, Violet, in 2003, Tom married Lois Churchman Mann in 2004. He was a carpenter and builder in Bella Vista. He was a founding member and builder of the Northwest Arkansas Christian Center of Gravette (now the ""Church On The Hill"").
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: George and Leonard and sister Florence.
He is survived by his wife, Lois of Gravette, Ark.; two sons: Gary and wife Sherryl of Erie, Colo., Dennis and wife, Connie of Aurora, Colo.; one sister, Evelyn May of Audubon; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and six step-children.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Aug. 17 to Aug. 24, 2012