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William Sipes
  • February 05, 1940
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  • November 06, 2019

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WILLIAM BASIL SIPES

February 5, 1940 – November 6, 2019

ORMOND BEACH, FL – WILLIAM BASIL SIPES affectionately known as “Bill on the hill” departed on his one way flight to Gloryland, November 6, 2019, after traveling a long and rocky road of illness. He was born February 5, 1940, to Howard James Sipes and Theresa (Ritchie) Sipes in Meade County Kentucky. He served in the Kentucky Air National Guard, held an associate degree in electrical and industrial plant operations. He retired from HAYWOOD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER in Clyde, NC, where he resided in Lake Junaluska, NC for twenty-eight years. He was a natural and gifted dancer, storyteller and entertainer. He and his wife, Judy D. (Austrew) Sipes, of fifty-seven years, founded and served as leaders of the Oconaluftee Old Time Music Jam program, in the Great Smoky Mountains Oconaluftee Mountain Farm Visitors Center. He also volunteered with farm life demonstrations at various mountain festivals and events. His most treasured memory was visiting with Grandpa Jones of the HEE HAW television program and John Rice Irwin founder of Museum of Appalachia at Tennessee Homecoming. His greatest joy was traveling the southern Appalachian region and performing and attending the numerous music festivals and events. He once said he would not ask the Lord for anything more if he could but have one small section of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Haywood County and Oconaluftee Mountain Farm. His last two years were spent in Volusia County, Florida, where he attended and found great joy in the music program at BARBERVILLE PIONEER SETTLEMENT. He loved people and made no distinction between status or social standing. He loved people and they loved him in return. Most of all, he loved the Lord and was secure and certain of his destination and heavenly home. He fought a good fight, he run the race, he kept the faith and has now put on his robe, crown and dancing shoes. He is survived by his wife, Judy D. Sipes of Ormond Beach, FL, Sisters, Angela Pike and Charlotte (Jack) Garner of Louisville, Ky; Sister, Bonnie Mae (David) Mueller of Hochston, GA, numerous family members and friends. A memorial service will be held November 18, 2019 – 11:00 A M – HALIFAX HEALTH HOSPICE CARE CENTER CHAPEL – 235 Booth Rd – Ormond Beach, FL – The family is in the care of Baldwin Brothers – New Smyrna Beach, FL – A memorial Old Time jam at the Oconaluftee Visitors Center in Cherokee, NC, will be announced at a later date.

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  1. 15 Nov 2019
    Michele Henson lit a candle:
    Lit since November 15, 2019 at 11:08:03 AM

  2. 15 Nov 2019
    Michele Henson says:
    I worked at HRMC with Bill on the hill for many years. I loved his stories and his comical ways. I missed him greatly when he retired and am glad to hear he was living his best life! Praise be to the good Lord for for taking Bill home! I can almost hear him joking with the angels and singing in the clouds. Judy, your missed and I am thinking of you during this time. Much love to you!

  3. 11 Nov 2019
    Mary Border says:
    Judy, chuck and I hope you are comforted by friends upon the loss of Bill. He was a special person with a wide smile and a kind heart. We know he will be misses. Sending hugs and prayers.
    Mary Border

  4. 11 Nov 2019
    Theresa lit a candle:
    Lit since November 11, 2019 at 11:24:08 AM

  5. 09 Nov 2019
    Evan Reilly says:
    I always enjoyed my encounters with Bill and found him to be infectiously enjoyable. He was a great character!

  6. 09 Nov 2019
    Libby Kahn says:
    May Bill's memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved him.

  7. 08 Nov 2019
    Rebecca Tewsley(Pike) says:
    May Uncle Bill Rest In Peace. As he is now seated at the table with our wonderful Heavenly Father. My thoughts and prayers are with you Bonnie. I will always remember Uncle Bill pulling me on the sled outside when I was a young girl and listening to his wonderful stories he would tell.

  8. 08 Nov 2019
    Bess Crider says:
    Farewell to a dear good man, who has joined the unbroken circle.
    Bess Crider, the hammered dulcimer player

  9. 08 Nov 2019
    Dave Stallings says:
    Dear Judy,
    We have missed the two of you here in WNC and we are certainly sad that we will not see Bill again. I personally always looked forward to joking with him. He was a great guy. I wish you comfort in this sad time.

  10. 08 Nov 2019
    Pat and Don Rankin says:
    Judy, Pat and I know the sense of loss of a spouse. We also know the loving hands of a blessed Savior. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. 08 Nov 2019
    Ron and Carol Whisler posted an image:
    Bill always had a hug and a smile!  He will be greatly missed by the Barberville Pioneer Settlement's First Saturday Music folks!<br />
We know he is dancing in heaven!
    Bill always had a hug and a smile! He will be greatly missed by the Barberville Pioneer Settlement's First Saturday Music folks!
    We know he is dancing in heaven!

  12. 08 Nov 2019
    Joseph and Mary Miller says:
    Mary and I send our love and sincere sympathy to you Judy. I look forward to being a part of the memorial Jam. Blessings to you, Joseph and Mary

  13. 08 Nov 2019
    Lynda Doucette says:
    Judy,
    My heart breaks for you. Bill was an amazing man and I'm so grateful for the gift of his and your friendship. My life would not have been as full if I'd not had the privilege of knowing both of you. Thank you for sharing him with the world! Sending lots of love and hugs!