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Brian Kevin Phipps

January 9, 1975July 13, 2020
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Knoxville - Brian K. Phipps, age 45, entered eternal rest on Monday, July 9, 2020. Brian was born January 9, 1975 to parents Bob and Nancy Phipps, in Church Hill, TN. Brian was an avid swimmer and a member of the diving team all four at Sullivan South High school and held a state record each year. He taught swimming, diving and was a lifeguard at Church Hill City Pool for many summers. After high school, his first job was with Pizza Plus and since he was an enthusiastic employee, he was promoted to manager after a short time even though he was incredibly young. There he realized a natural ability for management and mentoring. During that time, as a young adult, he took on payroll and scheduling for his peers. While performing those responsibilities, he developed an interest in Information Technology and Data Information Management. After college, Brian began working in IT where he led several projects and traveled to fortune 500 companies providing IT consultation services. He subsequently founded Intelliformatics, an IT consulting company. Brian was currently employed by NTT Data. He loved helping others and thought nothing of self-sacrifices that benefited others, such as volunteering to give up employment with the company to save the position of a coworker. He was proud to work on the NTT Data team and often talked about the close-knit family environment, and how much he looked forward to their daily team meetings. When Brian was not working, his new hobby was boating, and he enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved to travel. Brian’s favorite vacation spot was Seabrook, SC. He was known as a technology “Guru” by friends and family! Brian is survived by his parents, Nancy and Bob Phipps; children, Chase, Dru, and Ashlyn Phipps; brother, Jason Phipps; life partner, Dr. Chris Middlebrook; Step-son, Joseph and many other family members and friends to cherish his memories. Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, July 18th at Berry Highland West, 9913 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932. Visitation will be from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM with funeral services starting at 2:00PM and a Dove Release at 3:00 PM. Rev. Vickie L. Hughes will be officiating. Condolences may be offered online at www.berryhighlandwest.com.

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LeAnn Broome (Eachen)

July 20, 2020

Nancy, Bob, Jason & family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you during this difficult time. God Bless You all!

Love,

LeAnn, Andrew, & Landon Broome

Chastity Murr

July 18, 2020

I was blessed to work with Brian at Covenant Health. He had a brilliant mind and a huge, caring heart. We quickly became friends because he was so easy to talk to and willing to lend a hand (or an ear) when I needed it! The time spent together outside of work at our gatherings is something I will always remember! Never a dull moment around Brian!

I was so happy for Brian over the past few years. His accomplishments after he left Covenant were tremendous. To see him as his true self living life to the fullest was truly inspiring! When I saw him a few weeks ago, I told him how much I missed him and how we needed to get together and hang out again! It breaks my heart that won't happen now.

To his family and friends, know that Brian inspired many lives. I am thankful Brian was a part of my life and hate to see it was cut short! You all are in my prayers.

Julie Howard

July 18, 2020

I worked with Brian when he was at Covenant Health, he was actually one of the first friends I made in IT. He always inspired me by the way he worked, I enjoyed watching him figure things out, he would get so frustrated but never gave up until he accomplished it. I still and will always think of Brian when sql is mentioned or involved in anything I do.
I remember He and Kerri would have a big group of us over with lots of cold drinks, food and even more laughs. Those were great times!
I am glad he found his happiness in life, I wish he could have had the chance to enjoy it for more time... he deserved it. I’m glad I was able to talk to him a few months back and tell him that I was proud of him for being him.
He was an extraordinary guy and will be missed by many.

Elizabeth Greene-Robinson

July 16, 2020

In high school at Sullivan South, I was friends with Brian’s little brother. The three of us were on the swim team together. While the rest of us practiced doing laps in the pool, I could remember Brian practice diving. Brian had a look of deep concentration as he performed perfect dives! Though he was a super star on our swim team, he always had encouragement for the rest of his teammates. He was so proud of his little brother & loved him dearly. I will remember Brian smiling and cheering for us as it sounds he did in life after high school. Peace and prayers to the family, friends and all who loved him. ❤️

Jennifer Perkins

July 16, 2020

Brian was a very nice man and a joy to work with at Bridge. He always had time to offer assistance and support nomatter what else he had going on at the time. He was full of laughter, light, and fairness. He will be missed and the world was better for having had him in it. Peace to his family.

Amy Brilliant

July 16, 2020

I met Brian while he was working with BRIDGE. Luckily he traveled to Denver often so I was able to not only learn from him but also spend some time after work getting to know him. He was so kind and so very funny. He was an authentic person who told it like it was. I have great memories of nights in Denver with him: good fun, good drinks and good times! I had not seen him recently, but I was happy to see his posts and so glad that he was living his best life!

My heart is with all of those who knew and loved him. Thank you for posting all of those pictures. It was wonderful to see him in different roles throughout his life.

Abigail McCann

July 16, 2020

My condolences go out to the family! I love Chase, Dru, and Ashley! This is my big hug to them! I miss you all dearly!

Melissa Breeden

July 16, 2020

I was lucky enough to work with Brian and got a chance to see what a great man he was. It was a joy to work with him. He was a true leader who was very supportive and kind to his employees and coworkers. I hope you will always hold onto wonderful memories you shared with Brian and that those memories will continue to bring you comfort and peace.

Connie Rutledge

July 15, 2020

Nancy, I am so sorry to hear about Brian’s passing. I remember him as a little boy playing at Mom’s. Please know your family is in my prayers .

Shafik Kassam

July 15, 2020

I am so sad and overcome with emotion on hearing about Brian. What an amazing person. He will truly be remembered and missed. I just wish I could have spoken to him before his final days. Brian has changed my life and taught me so many things in my professional career. I owe him so much! I considered him like a brother who was always there for me. He is in my thoughts and prayers.

Kerri - My sincere condolences.

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