Kenneth Eugene Phipps Jr

March 21, 1945 - January 12, 2018
U.S. Armed Forces Veteran
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Kenneth Eugene Phipps, JR. was born on March 21, 1945, the first child of Kenneth E. Phipps and Doris Phipps (both deceased). He has two sisters, Kathy Phipps Miller and Karen Phipps Harmon. Ken was affectionately known as Bud to his family and friends. It was an appropriate nickname, from the time he could walk and talk he was a “buddy” or friend to almost everyone he met.
During his high school years, Ken earned one of his proudest achievements as a young man: he became an Eagle Scout. After graduating from high school, Ken joined his dad as an employee of Central Freight Lines. His career at Central Freight was interrupted by a stint in the Navy during the Vietnam War; Ken was justifiably proud of his service in the Seabees, and it was in the service of his country that he learned how to drive the big rigs – a career path he continued to follow when he returned to Central Freight after his Navy service.
Ken’s love of country was exceeded only by his love for family. He has two sons: Kenneth E. Phipps, III with children Kenny IV and Mark; Kevin Phipps and his wife Donna with children Julia, Gabe, Matt and Sophie Rose. In 1993, Bud married the love of his life, Gladys Carlson. Gladys has two sons: Tracy Carlson and Tim Carlson who is married to Alma with children Daniela, Roy, Valeria and Cody – all becoming members of Bud’s extended family. The 10 grandchildren all adored their Grandpa as much as he adored them, making them laugh, cheering them on at sports events, playing games and spoiling them at Christmas time.
Ken also loved his countless friends. His kindness and generosity were matched by a fun-loving spirit that drew everyone to him. He gave of his time to anyone who needed his help; he generously loaned whatever he had, including money, to those who needed it. Ken took advantage of spare time by engaging in his favorite activities – fishing and playing golf. He has a garage filled with fishing tackle to help land the big one and just as much golf equipment to help improve his golf game. When he wasn’t playing golf, he donated hours of his time volunteering with the LPGA. As much as he loved fishing and the game of golf, Ken obsessively loved the dice game “10,000”; all his extended family and friends have shared hours of laughter and fun playing dice with him.
Ken drove for Central Freight Lines until retiring in 2013. Shortly after his retirement, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He demonstrated his amazing strength of character and will by living well beyond his original diagnosis. Sadly, it was not nearly enough time for those who loved him and hoped to spend many years enjoying his retirement with him. Ken would want the world to know how much he adored and loved Gladys – she was his loving angel during his final journey on earth, taking amazing care of him through every obstacle faced. He shall forever be missed and loved by family and friends – celebrate his memory and a smile will cross your face.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

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Chuck and Mary Flowers
Wylie, TX
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Gladys and your family.  Bud was such a inspiration.  His work ethics and dependability were so evident during our days with the LPGA.  Loved working with him and he will be greatly missed.
John Myers
Bedford, TX
I have already missed the phone conversations we used to have, my mentor, friend and golf partner. You are missed, RIP ... Hugs to Gladys and all the rest of your family. .
Irving, TX
Gladys my heart breaks for you and Buds family. He was truly one of a kind guy. I can honestly say when Rock could no longer work he called everyday or ever other day to check on him and always tried to get him out of the house this went on for years-that’s a true friend. I am not sure who loved golf more Rock or Bud but they sure bickered enough about it. He will be greatly missed. May he Rest In Peace-
Kathy Phipps Miller
Livingston, TX
Many years ago I saw a movie depicting a fun view of the afterlife.  Recently deceased folks arrived at a way-station where they could eat all they wanted without gaining weight and where they could play any sport they liked or participate in a variety of entertainments.  While at this way-station, their life was reviewed and a judgment made about where they would go next to continue growing as humans.  If my brother is at such a fun way-station, he will have already tried all the restaurants, organized a golf league and participated in a fishing tournament with all the new friends he will have made.  And, there will be no problems for him regarding any judgment; he was a good, honest, kind man who gave and received love from almost everyone he met.  I like to picture him at this way-station having fun.  Like the rest of his family, I will miss him like crazy.
Al Miller
Livingston, TX
Bud has been the BEST friend in my life for over 56 years.  From our horsing-around high school days, to renting a Mobile Home together after High School Graduation; to working side by side unloading freight trucks at Central Freight lines, Bud was the best friend anyone could have.  Always there for you with a grin, a joke or playful cajole. I will always be indebted to him for introducing me to the love of my life, Kathy, his sister.

He was the perfect friend who would give you his last shirt on his back without question or conditions.  Each of us knew that we could count on the other for whatever reason, no questions asked. That’s the best kind of friend!

We laughed, played and cried together over the years.  We used to play-argue over who was the “old man” even though we were the same age! There were never any hard feeling or bad words that passed between us over all those years. I was proud to call him my friend and tried to return his unwavering friendship to the best of my ability.  I will truly miss you, Bud-ly!
Tammye Elliott
Ardmore, OK
I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to have gotten to know Bud!! I’m going to really miss his weekly visits to the golf course.  In the short time that I knew him , he became like a grandpa to me and I will forever cherish that.. but most of all I am going to miss him asking me if anyone had told me they loved me today!! Those were his last words to me.. and I will cherish that memory forever..
Marnie Sullivan
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Roger an Molly Iseminger
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gladys and all the family.  Rest In Peace Bud
Jan Wayne Roberts
Robinson, TX
Bud was a good friend and co-worker at Central Freight Lines for many years.  My condolences to Bud's wife and family at this time.
Ben Beseda
Elm Mott, TX
I worked many years at Central Freight with Bud ("Joker").  We had plenty of laughs together.  My condolences to his family.
Buffy Viracola
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Buffy & Mark Viracola
Plano, TX
We are so sorry for your loss. We have wonderful memories of Bud and he will always be in our hearts. Praying for you and your family.

Mark, Buffy, Alec & Jared
Susan and Mike Viracola
Dallas, TX
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Bud.  He was a wonderful man and we will always remember his kind heart and great laugh.  Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Susan, Mike, Christian and Avery
Karen Phipps Harmon
Irving, TX
i miss you big brother, more than I can say. I'm going to miss that sense of humor, that silly grin, the text messages that always ended in, I love you. You left us way too soon. ???? I'll love and miss you always.
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