Willie Mae "Billie" Phipps McCormick, 87, of Crossville, passed away Aug. 20, 2010. Funeral services were held Aug. 23 from the chapel of Hood Funeral Home, with Bro. Dave McCammon, Bro. Al Watkins and Bro. Garland Limburg officiating. Special music was by David McCammon and Reba Reed. Burial was in Woody Cemetery.
Mrs. McCormick was born June 8, 1923, in Putnam County, the daughter of Andrew and Lura Mae Clouse Phipps.
She was raised in the Bowman and Tabor communities before moving to Ohio. She was a highly respected business owner in Fairborn, OH, for many years. She along with 12 other people established First Baptist Church in Fairborn. The church will celebrate its 57th anniversary on Aug. 29, 2010, with a membership of nearly 1600. In his early years of ministry, Dr. Charles Stanley pastored at the church. She returned to Tennessee and Calvary Baptist Church in 1968 where she taught Sunday school for over 30 years.
Survivors include her husband, James Herbert McCormick of Crossville; daughter, Deborah Day and husband Kevin King of Kingston; son, James "Lynn" McCormick and wife Sherry of Chattanooga; sisters, Alma Lee Tollett and husband Sam Jr. and Lillian Hamilton and husband Bob, all of Crossville grandchildren, Toni "Nicki" Noland, Kelsea McCormick, Shay McCormick and Wynter McCormick; great-grandchildren, Jamey Noland and Sydney Noland; many nieces and nephews; and her most devoted caregiver and friend, Clara Taylor.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Modena Phipps, Dora Carothers, Beulah Wyatt and Elcie Whitaker; and brothers, John, Joe and Hershel Phipps.
Pallbearers were Kevin King, Jamie Noland, Shay McCormick, Bob Hamilton, Billy Phipps and Rick Stewart.
Honorary pallbearers were Ernest Woody and James Phipps.
Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC (www.hoodfuneralhome.com) was in charge of the arrangements.