Arlen Wayne Flippin
January 26, 1942 – April 28, 2021
“Well done, good and faithful servant”, were precious words that Arlen Wayne Flippin likely heard as he entered the gates of heaven Wednesday afternoon. He passed away peacefully in his Monroe, North Carolina home, on April 28, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. We are sure that he not only shook the hand of Jesus, but probably lovingly slapped him on the back as a sign of love and friendship. He is Home, after fighting the good fight against pancreatic cancer, diagnosed last December. Wayne was born in Rural Hall, North Carolina on January 26, 1942 to J.W. and Prudence Flippin, inheriting his Dad’s fine dance moves and work ethic, and his mom’s spirit and strong-will. His movie star good looks were aptly named after two of his mother’s favorite movie stars of the day, Richard Arlen, and John Wayne. Wayne spent his youth in Winston Salem, North Carolina, and was a graduate of Gray High School in 1960, where he earned the superlative of “Biggest Flirt”, in his senior year. Needless to say, he lived up to that title throughout his life. He snared the love of his life, Belinda, by purposely planting a dropped notebook at her feet, covered with accolades like “Belinda is beautiful”, “I love Belinda”, and “WF + BC”. That smooth move sealed the deal, and they dated all through high school and then college, where Belinda earned her PHT (Putting Hubby Through). He graduated from East Carolina University in 1964, with a BA in geography, making the Dean’s List several times, but only after Belinda married him and “straightened him out”. They married in 1962, much to Wayne’s good fortune. To say it was a match made in Heaven would be an understatement. They were devoted to each other throughout their 58 years as husband and wife, despite the ups and downs of life. Theirs was a marriage that was a model of love, patience, honor, and support. Their union produced two children, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and six “bonus” great-grandchildren. Wayne and Belinda would have celebrated their 59th wedding Anniversary in June. It’s a shame we missed an opportunity to celebrate and party, because Wayne loved a good get together! Wayne was an amazing husband, father, Paw-Paw, advice giver, investment guru, organizer, golfer, retirement expert, charity giver and grill-master. He loved the Lord and cherished his family. Nothing made him happier than visiting with his family, especially if he could grill them a steak or watch a movie together. Wayne was a family man extraordinaire. One of his traits we will miss the most was the delight and twinkle in his eyes as a loved one walked into his home. You could rest assured that you were welcome and loved, and that he was glad to see you. He was also a Mason and a Shriner, which further explains his devoted, faithful, charitable and brotherly-loving heart and fun-loving personality. Wayne is survived by his wife, Belinda, of Monroe, his daughter Cheryl Luther (Joe) Cantrell of Monroe, his son Daryl Wayne Flippin of Southern Pines and his sisters, JoAnne Hopkins of Kernersville, NC, and Jean (Jim) Overbay of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A visitation will be at McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe, 204 S. Main St., Monroe, 28112 on Monday, May 3, 2021 from 5-7PM. The funeral will be held at Hopewell Baptist Church, Legacy Campus, 420 Hopewell Church Rd., Monroe, 28110 at 2 PM on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. A private family burial will take place at Sunset Memory Gardens, 8901 Lawyers Rd., Mint Hill, NC 28227. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests making donations to one of Wayne’s favorite (and Wayne’s research approved!) charities in his honor; The Salvation Army, Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or The Shriner’s Hospitals.
Monday, May 3, 2021
Celebration of Life
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Arlen Wayne Flippin
May 3, 2021
I'll always remember the times when my Uncle Wayne and Aunt Belinda and family would come up to Winston-Salem back in the 70's, 80's, 90's to visit his parents (My Grandparents) on the weekend, often times on a Saturday. Wayne's amazing personality just lit up the room, helping to create a festive and fun atmosphere. There would be tons of card games and often times other family would come over like his sister JoAnne and his other sister, my Mother, Jean Overbay. JoAnne and Wayne had two distinct voices that would dominant the evening. In a wonderful way, because you'd hear explosive laughter, sheer joy, and such a festive atmosphere where everyone seemed so happy. Children take those kind of things for granted, but I can look back and realize those were very special times and I am so thankful I was part of them. And it was during those visits that Wayne helped cultivate my love of sports. He knew the call of the ref before the TV announcer had time to tell everyone. Because Wayne knew what the hand gestures by the refs meant. He could read it immediately and I learned that from him. He is single handedly responsible for me starting my CD collection early. I was a late holdout still purchasing Vinyl in late 1988 and when he saw me come in with a record one day he immediately explained to me all the pros of CD'S and Con's of records. Even though friends had told me this, and I had read it before, it was Wayne's selling points that had me buying CD'S and a new CD player less than a month later. When Wayne said it, you listened and believed it. An extraordinary individual with an awesome sense of humor who lived an amazing life to the fullest. How proud his Parents are. My heart and deepest sympathies go out to his wonderful wife Belinda, his two kids Cheryl and Daryl and all those amazing Grand and Great-Grandchildren.