Abingdon, VA - George M. Phipps, Sr., U.S. Air Force Retired, passed on Sunday, May 22, 2022, in Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Hospital. Born in Clintwood, VA he joined the U.S. Army and then reenlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he completed a 20-year career. Mr. Phipps was also a Korean War Veteran.
After retiring from the Military, he lived in the state of Massachusetts where his children reside for a short time. He then moved to New Hampshire for approximately 20 years before returning to Virginia, residing in Abingdon. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 1994 and enjoyed the Abingdon Senior Center. Mr. Phipps was a pilot, scuba diver, and was certified in American Sign Language.
He was predeceased by the mother of his children and former wife, Maureen Phipps (Vaillancourt); his parents; and nine siblings.
He is survived by his children, George M. Phipps Jr. (Elaine), Dawn Hassin (Rick), Heidi Phipps-Oliveira (Paul), and their brother Todd Phipps; nine grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; three sisters, Faye McAlexander and Gaye McGuiness of Washington, and Anna Lois Rose of Ohio; one brother, Kerry Phipps (Pun Yon) of Clintwood, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 5-7p.m. in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service. Interment with full military honors provided by the United States Air Force will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Massachusetts Veterans National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to VFW Post 1994, 17581 Lee Highway Abingdon, VA 24210, in Mr. Phipps name.
The family of George M. Phipps is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 623-2700.