Born December 6, 1938 at Logan, W.Va., to the late James Baskham Phillips and Martha Hall Phillips. He was of the Baptist faith and a laborer.
He is survived by his wife of 50-plus years, Barbara Kay (Lewis) Phillips; son, Benton Phillips; daughters, Rebecca (Anthony) McGrath, Martha (Dwaine) McDaniel, and Isabel (Mike) Dill, all of Rutland, Ohio;. brothers, Ezra (Evamae) Phillips, Syracuse, Ohio, Matthew (Terri) Phillips, Harts Creek, W.Va., sisters, Lucille Taylor, South Bloomingville, Ohio, and Helen (John) Turnbull, Mason, W.Va.; sisters-in-law, Patsy Phillips, Columbus, Ohio, and Vivian Porter, West Hamlin, W.Va.; grandchildren, Israel Phillips, Beverly and Rusty Taylor, Holly and Bradley McGrath, Paige Dill and step-granddaughter, Nicole McDaniel; great-grandchildren, Alexander Priddy, Kaylee Phillips, Dalton, Briar, and Wyatt Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Earl and Ervin Phillips; sisters, Nolan (Roy) McAlister and Marie Phillips; a stillborn baby girl; and brother-in-law, Roger Taylor.
Gravesides services will be held on Monday October 3, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Meigs Memory Gardens, Pomeroy, Ohio with Pastor Dennis Moore officiating. Family will receive friends on Sunday, October 2, 2011, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Birchfield Funeral Home, Rutland, Ohio.