NEW JERSEY: Wilbur Henry Flippin, Jr., affectionately known as "Buster" or "Flip" passed away on March 9, 2015.
Wilbur attended Rutherford public schools After graduating from high school, he went to Wilberforce University, where he pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
After graduating with a B.A. degree he attended Cleveland Marshall Law School where he received an L.L.B. degree and a J.D. degree.
Wilbur then moved to Mansfield, Ohio to establish his own law practice and he made a huge impact on the community, especially in the realm of civil rights.
He worked with city officials as a member of the Mayor's Committee on Human Relations to bring about change.
He pushed to reinstate the local NAACP chapter, with himself as the first president and led a local contingency to Martin Luther King Jr's march on Washington, D.C. He was a 32nd degree Prince Hall Free and Accepted Mason.
He received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Wilberforce University and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
He was a member of the Ohio, American, Richland and Knox County, Ohio Bar Associations and a lifetime member of the NAACP and Wilberforce University Alumni Association.
He was a past president of the Wilberforce University Alumni Association Board of Directors and also served on the Board of Trustees.
He was the founder of the MRM Community Action Program and Headstart Program in Mansfield, OH.
He was also on the Board of Metropolitan Housing and served on the Providence Baptist Church Board of Trustees.
After practicing law for over 50 years, he retired and moved back to New Jersey.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Flippin; daughters, Anita Linzy and Andrea Borders; son, Craig Flippin; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; niece Dr. Elizabeth Robinson Henry; a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral Tuesday 12 PM at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 27 Elm St., Rutherford, NJ. Visitation 10 AM-12 PM at CH. Arrangements by Nesbitt Funeral Home.
Memorial donations to Wilberforce University
Published in the News Journal on Mar. 15, 2016
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