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William C. Phipps April 23, 1941 ~ November 12, 2013

William C. Phipps, 72, of Bella Vista passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Rogers.  He was born April 23, 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri the son of William H. and Frances Coon Phipps.

Mr. Phipps served in the United States Air Force; graduate of St Lawrence University, class of 1963; Life member of Military Officers of America. Bill was in the management of Business International for many years and was leader in their projects and seminars. He was well known in the company and in the International Business community.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Phipps of the home; son, William R. Phipps and wife, Stephanie of  South Berwick, ME; daughter, Mary Katherine Calloway of Charleston, SC, grandchildren,  Jack Allen Calloway of Charleston, SC, Isadora Phipps and Lydia Phipps both of South Berwick, ME; sister, Sally Bussian of Houston, TX; 1st cousin, Peggy Phipps Conlan of Marietta, GA.

Memorial Services will be at 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.

 

 

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    Jim Wygand » 16. Nov, 2013

    My condolences to Bill’s family and friends. I worked with Bill at Business International for 8 years and held him in very high esteem. He was both friend and colleague and he will be sorely missed. I regret that the world has to lose such a fine person.

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    MaryJo Poulton Wimbish » 16. Nov, 2013

    My thoughts are with you all, and know Aunt Opal is welcoming him with open and loving arms. Hope you will know some peace in the coming days…thinking of you . Love MaryJo

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    Melissa Gary » 16. Nov, 2013

    Dear Gerry and family:
    It is with sadness that I received the news of Bill’s death. He has a special place in my heart and memory. As a fresh hire at Business International back in the 80′s Bill was a true mentor and leader (and friend!) At one point, he was willing to quit his job over the company’s refusal not to support my further education. A few years later he joined Brian and I at CRG and took over the leadership there. He always had our backs! His piano playing was always a hit..and… he always made us laugh! Gerry, I will never forget when the two of you reconnected years ago. He was giddy with happiness! I thank God for sharing Bill Phipps with us. WCP will be in our hearts forever. We are sorry for your loss.

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    Larry and Dianne Shoe » 16. Nov, 2013

    Gerry, we extend to you and Bill’s family our sincerest condolences. We didn’t know Bill well, but enjoyed the few times we were together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. We are here if you need us.

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    Bob Du Be » 17. Nov, 2013

    Gerrie,
    Sorry to here of the loss of Bill but He is now at rest in a better place. I’m one of Bills golf, poker friends. Sorry i won’t be able to make the service but He will be in my thoughts at that time.
    Bills friend Bob Du Be.

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    Marty and Jane Pranga » 18. Nov, 2013

    Dear Gerry and family,

    Please accept our sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathy for the loss of our dear friend Bill. We have so many great memories – partying at the cottage, spending time with you in Arkansas, fishing in Cabo and the many fine meals and conversations. It took only a few 6-hour business luncheons for Bill and I to realize we had more in common than a reverence for cocktail hour and we became friends. My family soon became as fond of Bill as I. Daughter Hillary sends her condolences as well. The last time we saw Bill was at her wedding. We are confident Bill has gone to a better, less painful place and that we will join him there eventually.
    All our love,
    Marty, Jane and Hillary

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    Salem Smith » 18. Nov, 2013

    Gerrie,
    I am so sorry to hear the sad new about Bill. He meant a lot to many people. We will all miss him. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you.

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    Dick Purkiss » 18. Nov, 2013

    To my childhood pal Bill and his family. I will never forget your family, mg td, the friends we shared, but best of all your wonderful humor.. Purk

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    William R. Phipps » 28. Apr, 2014

    Thank you to the many friends that have reached out to our family expressing their condolences and reflecting upon their fond memories of my father. It is reassuring to hear, thereby confirming my beliefs of how well regarded he was both personally and professionally. Katy and I are comforted hearing from those whose lives he touched; as a friend, mentor, peer or co-adventurer. Bill was many things to many people with a varied background that made him a pleasure to be around and a real asset in any situation. Bill was also a great Dad, who did everything possible to ensure Katy and I were loved and supported from the moment we took our first breaths, whether standing right beside us or a world away. I am sure that Bill is now at peace, resting comfortably and continuing to keep a watchful eye on both Katy and I,smiling approvingly at a life well lived if not short-lived. I miss you Pops.

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    Peter Hanley » 18. Nov, 2013

    I am sorry and sad to hear of Bill’s passing. I learned a great deal from him during my years at Business International and The Economist Group. He was always extremely generous with his knowledge and experience and we had many fun times together during those years. I always enjoyed our trips to NY to strategize about clients and how the world was changing. My sincere condolences to his family.

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    Carl Middleton » 19. Nov, 2013

    Dear Gerry,
    My condolence for the passing of Bill, my former BI colleague who was always cheerful and helpful to me. He was so animated that it’s had to think he is no longer with us. Best of all, he was a gentleman of the old school whose word was good. He will be missed by many.

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    Paul Hammond » 19. Nov, 2013

    My condolences to Bill’s extended family. While it was long ago in high school, my friendship with Bill was occasionally reinforced at periodic high school reunions. Bill was fun to be with, quick witted, popular…someone we sought out to say hello at each reunion.
    My condolences also go specifically to Bill’s great friend, Larry Chapman.
    Bill surely will be sorely missed by all is friends from long ago high school days and all those he met along the way thereafter.

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    Jennifer DeWolf » 19. Nov, 2013

    I was very saddened to learn of Bill’s death. He was a loyal and kind friend in high school, quiet and unassuming, always supportive. We are all better for having known him. My condolences to all the family. Jenni Macdonald DeWolf

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    Name » 19. Nov, 2013

    I went to high school with Bill and he was fun and funny and a terrific guy. Sheila O’Meara Lowenstein

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    Rod Handeland » 19. Nov, 2013

    It was both touching and poignant to read the many email thoughts of Bill’s colleaugues from his career with Business International. I too had opportunity to know and work with Bill in those days. Bill was always seemed engagingly cheerful and had a warm and magnetic charm that appeared to endear him to all who he met or worked with.

    We will miss Bill, but are comforted in reflecting on what we knew of his long, rich and full life with family and friends wherever he went.

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    David Johnson » 20. Nov, 2013

    Dear Gerry & family,
    It has now been almost 35 years since I worked for Bill at BI in Chicago. Not a day passes that I don’t remember something he taught me, or that I picked up by watching him manage others. He was a great boss and a great guy, and very supportive of anyone with a dream. He was also a great father, and so very proud of Billy and Katie from the get go. I am so sorry that he has passed on, and regret that even though we kept in touch by email I hadn’t seen him in so many years. Lots of people around the world knew Bill and loved him, and will miss him, too. I am proud to have been one of his friends. May he rest in peace. David Johnson

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    William R. Phipps » 28. Apr, 2014

    Thank you to the many friends that have reached out to our family expressing their condolences and reflecting upon their fond memories of my father. It is reassuring to hear, thereby confirming my beliefs of how well regarded he was both personally and professionally. Katy and I are comforted hearing from those whose lives he touched; as a friend, mentor, peer or co-adventurer. Bill was many things to many people with a varied background that made him a pleasure to be around and a real asset in any situation. Bill was also a great Dad, who did everything possible to ensure Katy and I were loved and supported from the moment we took our first breaths, whether standing right beside us or a world away. I am sure that Bill is now at peace, resting comfortably and continuing to keep a watchful eye on both Katy and I, smiling approvingly at a life well lived if not short-lived. I miss you Pops.