Richard Neal â€œDickâ€ Phillips, 69, Watauga, took the last step of his journey on this earth to enter into the presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Saturday June 11, 2011, at his residence after a brief illness.
He was a Carter County native. Dick was a 1960 graduate of Elizabethton High School. He served in the United States Army. He was part owner of P & G Truck Shop, Owner of P & P Trucking Company and was a retired Shift Supervisor over Motor Transport, City of Johnson City.
Dick was a member and Deacon of Range Community Christian Church. He was an avid fisherman and loved to bowl.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Odell Phillips.
Dick was a loving and cherished husband, a great dad, fun filled granddad and a devoted son.
Survivors include his wife of forty six years, Mary Lynn Shepherd Phillips; Two Daughters & Sons-In-Law: Shannon & Jeff Johnson and Wendy & Jason Eggers, all of Gray; Two Grandchildren: Kayla Eggleston and Ryan Eggers; His Mother: Eloise Johnson Phillips, Watauga; A brother & sister-in-law: Jack & Marilyn Phillips, Hudson, Illinois; Several Nieces & Nephews; A special brother & sister-in-law: J.B. & Nan Shepherd; Several nieces & nephews including a special niece: Janet Ensor.
A Service to Celebrate the life of Dick Phillips will be conducted at 8 p.m., the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Joe Hayes and Mr. Wayne Mottern, Ministers, officiating.
Entombment Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday June 15, 2011, in the Mausoluem of Peace, Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active Pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, will be: Kayla Eggleston, Lon Davis, Gary Gardner, Wayne Harr, Stanley Mottern, Steve Burrough, Larry Dale Norris, Sonny Slagle, Gary Townsend and Brad Shepherd. Honorary Pallbearers will be: His Church Family, The Graduating Class of 1960, Elizabethton High School, Fellow employees of Motor Transport City of Johnson City, Shube & Ann Estep, Lynn & Sharon Scott, Doug Smalling, Emma Smith, Rhuben Carder, Harold Range, Barbara Taylor, Susie Warren, Brenda Johnson, Jim Burrough, Jack Love, Larry Vaughn, Gazie Ragep and Eva Phipps.
The family would like to express a special â€œThank Youâ€ to Dr. Scott, Dr. Stephen May and his Staff, Amedisys Hospice, Melissa Bartelson and April Grindstaff.
Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion & Tennessee National Guard.
Friends may also call at his residence.
To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Dick to St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38148-0142.
Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge