John W. "Bill" Phillips

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  • "We love you both.....Donna and Steve"
  • "So sorry for your loss, LaNelle. Bill will be missed by all..."
    - Diane Sewell
  • "Larry and Mary Ann Sprinkle FRIENDS FROM JACKS. You ARE IN..."
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Born December 28, 1926 to Luther and Verna Phillips in Anniston, John W. "Bill" Phillips attended Sixth Ward Elementary School, Anniston High School, and served in the U.S. Army in Korea before graduating from Auburn University in 1950. He was a member of Troop 15 Boy Scouts as a youth and played football at Anniston High School and was a member of the Auburn Alumni Association. He was also a member of the Carre Sunday School Class at Anniston First United Methodist Church, was engineer of the Banner Team and designed special brackets and hanging apparatus for the sanctuary banners. During his engineering years at Union Foundry of McWane Industries, he took up wood carving, and attended carving schools in several states. He joined Southeastern Wood Carvers Association and later organized and taught the Parker Memorial Baptist Church's Wood Carvers group for several years and then began a class at Anniston First United Methodist Church for a few years. He "saw inside the wood" and taught its appreciation to students eager to learn and develop their talent. He earned several awards for his own work. Second to his love of wood carving, he was a bicyclist and was proud of his certification in the 1979 annual Tour of the Scioto River Valley (Ohio) 2-day 110 mile ride. He enjoyed long rides on scenic backroads in Alabama and surrounding states. He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ruth Weaver; brothers, Harry (Edna), Wilber Dan (Sue), Wilmer George (Clare), and nephews, Sonny and Michael Phillips. Survivors are his wife of 62 years, LaNelle; nieces, Sandra (Bill) Moore, and Pat (Gary) Helms; nephews, Steve (Donna) Harper, Kenny Phillips, George (Jane) Ehlers, John (Debbie) Ehlers, and several great- nieces and nephews. LaNelle, family, friends, and caregivers will miss this quiet, Christ-like man, but as he leaves our sight, others are welcoming his arrival Home. In lieu of a memorial service, Bill's favorite hymns will be sung during a Sunday traditional worship after his death, followed by a family visitation in the Chapel of Anniston First United Methodist Church at a date and time to be announced. K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 (256)231-2334
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K.L. Brown Memory Chapel
620 Golden Springs Road
Anniston, AL 36207
(256) 231-2334
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Published in The Anniston Star on July 4, 2017
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