Tupelo - Philip Anthony Phipps, 46, passed suddenly Sunday, October 1, at his home. Philip's passing marks the end of his time on Earth but marks the beginning of his time in Heaven. Philip loved hunting, not so much to get a shot in, but more to appreciate nature. He began following the Detroit Tigers during their World Series run of 1984, and his determination to win fantasy football every year was as intense as nostalgia for Kirk Gibson and Jack Morris, and his contemporary admiration for Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler. Philip was once crowned Cook of the Week by the Tupelo press, and the care that he put into food and grilling reflected his desire to cater to others. His love for his pets, especially his dogs Susie and Lucy and his departed buddy Charlie, was always evident. Philip was an adventurer with a free spirit. His appreciation for music was obvious to anyone who knew him, and he was as proud of the lengthy list of live shows he attended as he was of his vast vinyl collection. Philip was a kind soul with a contagious laughter, spiritual and devout Catholic, loyal friend always with the words to pick others up, a thoughtful and tender man who lived to celebrate life with family and friends. Philip is hearing sweet music where he is.
Philip was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1971. He graduated from Tupelo High School in 1991. After high school, Philip attended Hinds Community College and Itawamba Community College. He later completed his cosmetology training at the Aveda Institute in Covington, Louisiana.
Philip was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Maggie Phipps; his grandparents, Clay and Dorothy Conwill; his grandparents, Jack and Nancy Phipps; uncle John Phipps and his wife Brenda Phipps.
Philip is survived by his steadfast wife, Jennifer Phipps and her boys Cole, Jase, Max and Oakes Stewart whom he loved dearly; his parents, Jack and Patty Phipps; his brother, Cass Phipps; his mother-and-father-in-law, Jim and Susie Metcalfe; his sister-in-law, Allie Braddock and her husband Layton; his sister-in-law Jane Collins, her husband Clint, and nephew Malone.
A Funeral Mass for Philip will be held at 3 PM Thursday, October 5, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church at 1911 North Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801. Visitation will begin at 2 PM in Shelton Hall adjacent to St. James Catholic Church.
Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 1185, Tupelo, MS 38802. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be assisting the family. Condolences to the family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Patty and Jack, I’m so very sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Submitted by Quay Parks on Oct 6 2017 07:42:25 AM
Jack and Patty, our thoughts and prayers are with you. It was good to see you today, only wish it could have been under different circumstances. Rick and Gabie
Submitted by Rick on Oct 5 2017 04:03:31 PM
I am eternally grateful to have known Philip. He was not only the gifted color artist who worked miracles on my hair for the last 17 years, but also a great friend and confidant. I will miss our conversations from everything from the beauty of deer to the worthiness of rescue dogs. Even during our brief conversations, he always seemed to grasp the true meaning of it all. The last couple of years, his stories were framed with his beloved Jennifer and her family. His love and dedication to them, as well as to the Phipps family, was truly inspirational.
God bless all of Philip’s family and friends. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
I am thankful to be able to donate to the Tupelo Lee Humane Society in his memory.
Submitted by Susanne Martin on Oct 5 2017 10:50:30 AM
Jack and Patty- I am so sorry for your loss. Phillip was such a great guy. He will be missed. Prayers for your healing and understanding.
Angie Huffstatler Maupin
Submitted by Angie Huffstatler Maupin on Oct 5 2017 10:13:08 AM
philip i'm so ashamed it has been so long since we last saw each other, but still remember the last time we hung out & how supportive you were with a difficult decision i faced regarding changing my career path. i'm very saddened to hear of your passing but i'm proud to have known you & your kindness will leave a lasting mark in this world. rest in peace my friend & eternal light shine upon you...
Submitted by mike boyd on Oct 4 2017 09:50:52 PM
Dear Jack, Patty & Cass, I'm so so sorry for all loss. Phillip was such a nice guy. I can not imagine what all must be experiencing. My prayers and thoughts are with all.
Submitted by Peggy Herring on Oct 4 2017 05:57:09 PM
Dearest Patty, Jack, and Cass, you and Phillip have always been family to Blair and me. I was devastated when I heard of Phillip's passing. The sorrow of losing a child is unimaginable. Jerry and I are keeping you in our prayers for healing and comfort.
With love always, Joney Holley.
Submitted by Joney Holley on Oct 4 2017 03:46:40 PM
Patty and Jack, I am so, so, sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the pain you are experiencing. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Barbara Presley
Submitted by Barbara Presley on Oct 4 2017 11:33:05 AM
Jack and Patty, so so sad to hear about Phillip. You and your family are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Cathy Smith on Oct 4 2017 10:47:32 AM
Carlos Ann and I send our condolences to you and your family. God bless you all. Praying for you all!❤️
Submitted by Charles Sanders on Oct 3 2017 09:32:48 PM
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