Mr. John Mark Phillips

January 2, 1943July 20, 2019

John Mark Phillips passed away July 20, 2019. He was 76. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Hazel Phillips and a sister, Patricia. He is survived by his only known relative, a cousin, Barbara Mesecar, in Alto, MI. John was a care giver to his mother and sister until their deaths.

John graduated from Hixson High School and attended Tennessee Tech where he studied engineering. He held various positions at the Mueller Company, Lockheed, Lorraine Crane, and Miller Industries.

John loved hunting and fishing with friends. He was an avid deer hunter and a member of the Old Timers Hunting Club at Cherry Branch, TN. He was a competitive shooter, and an excellent marksman. He also enjoyed fishing in the Tennessee River and deep sea fishing near Panama City. He was a longtime member of the North River Y and made many friends there. Having no local living family, his friends at the Y sort of adopted him. He was challenged with many health issues through the years, but always maintained a positive and independent spirit flavored with a sense of humor.

A memorial service will be held Friday July 26 at 3PM at North Chapel Chattanooga Funeral Home, Hwy. 153 in Hixson. Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation prior to the service.

Arrangements are under the care of the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson. Please share your thoughts and memories at



  • Funeral Service Friday, July 26, 2019


  • Interment at Hamilton Memorial Gardens


Mr. John Mark Phillips

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David Reed

July 26, 2019

We have enjoyed visiting Johnny over these past years. It will not be the same when we are at our property working. He always welcomed us into his home. We will miss him.

God is in control.

David & Phyllis Reed

Donald Landstreet

July 24, 2019

I worked with John for just under 20 years at Miller Industries.
He was a good man and I have thought of him often but regret that
I didn't make more of an effort to look him up and visit after his retirement. When I last saw him at a function of the Chattanooga Rifle Club, he looked well and we caught up, but that's been some years past. I will remember him fondly. He will be missed.

Joy Gray-Radford

July 23, 2019

I had the privilege of knowing John through his school years. His humor was coming through even then. May he Rest In Peace.