Sechrest Funeral Service

1301 East Lexington Ave, High Point, NC


Gilda Rocco Flippo

August 3, 1929February 14, 2020

Gilda Rocco Flippo was promoted to glory at 3:40 AM on Friday, February 14, 2020. She passed at Hospice Home after being transferred from her own home three days earlier.

Born in Detroit, Michigan on August 3, 1929, she was the only daughter and youngest of four children of immigrant Italian parents. While in high school in Detroit, she met the man she would later marry; together they lived devotedly for the next 62 years until he passed. Upon her death on Saint Valentine’s Day, she was reunited for eternity with her Sweetheart, Leslie Wyett, on the anniversary of their engagement.

She and her husband and daughter moved to High Point in 1969. She liked to serve others volunteering as a ”Candy Striper” in local hospitals and delivering “Meals on Wheels” to shut-ins. While Gilda was the consummate homemaker, she always had time to help her family. Once her own mother relocated to High Point, Gilda faithfully transported her weekly to Gilda’s daughter’s home where raising twin girls became a family affair.

Devoted to and beloved of her family, Gilda is survived by her daughter, Linda, her three grandchildren, Caitlin, Daphne, and Wells, her three great-grandsons, Declan Wyett, Kylan, and Soul, and her brother, Ermando.

A memorial service will be held at Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point on Friday, February 21 at 1 PM preceded by a visitation and time to greet the family, 11 AM-1PM. Interment will be for family only.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind.


  • Luigi (aka Louis) Rocco, Father
  • Maria (aka Mary) Rocco (Montagna), Mother
  • Leslie Wyett Flippo, Husband
  • Linda Flippo, Daughter
  • Caitlin R. Clinard, Grandchild
  • Daphne C. Thompson, Grandchild
  • T. Wells Thompson, Grandchild
  • Declan Thompson, Great Grandchild
  • Kylan Thompson, Great Grandchild
  • Soul Thompson, Great Grandchild
  • Ermando Rocco, Brother


  • Visitation Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Friday, February 21, 2020


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Carole Baker

February 20, 2020

As a child being the only girl with two big brothers (and later a 3rd younger brother), I was thrilled when my big brother was dating and became engaged to Gilda.

It wasn’t till many years later after I was grown and married as well that I learned my sister-in-law didn’t initially reciprocate my enthusiastic feelings for her...

One afternoon, while chatting with her mother, Mary, I reminisced about those early days I so fondly remembered. Her mother laughed and said, “Gilda thought you were a little brat back then.” Appalled, I confronted my beloved sister-in-law and she laughed. “Well, yeah! I was dating your brother and we wanted to be alone and you were always tagging after us.” It became part of the family lore. I would tease her about it from time to time through the years and we always laughed about it.

I will miss my sister-in-law of 67 years and her sassy wit.