Emerson Eugene Phillips

April 29, 1932August 4, 2018

Emerson Eugene Phillips, 86, of Greencastle, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Asbury Towers.

Emerson was born in Trammel, Virginia on April 29, 1932, the son of Willie and Theradoshia (Shampod) Phillips.

Mr. Phillips worked for many years with Ball Brothers until they closed. He worked at Putnam County Highway Department until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of Church of the Living Christ in Harmony, Inidana. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, and working with his hands. He also enjoyed playing his guitar and harmonica and entertaining the residents at Asbury Towers.

Survivors include four sons, Ernie Phillips, (wife-Debby), Bill Phillips, (wife-Joyce), Mike Phillips, (wife Cheyl), and Brad Phillips, (wife-Ruth); two daughters, Brenda Phillips, Kathy Caldwell, (husband-Loren), two brothers, Earl Phillips, (wife-Martha), and Jim Yates, (wife-Penny); 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ruby Phillips and Vivian Phillips; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 54 years, Mary Phillips; a son, Larry Phillips; two brothers Bob “Barttye” and Harold Phillips; and a grandson, Bradley Phillips.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home with Pastor Ernie Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service on Wednesday.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Emerson Eugene Phillips

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