Ronald Allen Phillips(1942 - 2013)

Ronald Allen Phillips

Clyde - Ronald Allen Phillips, 70, of Clyde, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013 after a fast bout with lung cancer. Mr. Phillips was born November 21, 1942 in Newnan, Georgia and had been a resident of Clyde since 1956.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hoyt Allen Phillips, who gave his life in World War II, his mother, Helen Storey and step-father, Milton Storey.

Mr. Phillips attended Waynesville High School and also Haywood Technical Institute. He began his military career by serving in the United States Navy on the USS Boxer LP55 for 5 years. He retired from the United States Army and the Clyde 211th MP Company of the North Carolina National Guard with more than 30 years of dedicated service. He had served as past president of the North Carolina Guard Educational Foundation. Mr. Phillips had honorably served his country in Vietnam, Desert Storm and the Dominican Republic. He loved America dearly and always demonstrated great pride and true patriotism for his country.

Mr. Phillips was a past Bishop and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Waynesville Ward. He had also served in numerous teaching positions and loved the gospel of Jesus Christ. Mr. Phillips had served as the president of The Arc of Haywood County for 16 years and worked tirelessly to acquire services for the developmentally handicapped. He loved the Atlanta Braves and the North Carolina Tar Heels and he had served as a Little League Coach and a Boy Scout Troupe Master.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Mooney Phillips; a son, Rodney Allen Phillips(Tracie); a daughter, Amy Ferguson(James); a sister, Pat Vetter(Gary); a brother, Stanley Storey(Faye); a brother-in-law,Ricky Mooney; a special nephew, Tommy Mooney(Jackie); grandchildren, Trevor and Dessa Phillips, Molly, Madison and Sawyer Ferguson; his special cat, "Cissy"; also many other Phillips family members residing in Newnan, Georgia.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 68 Foxwood Drive, off Highway 209, Lake Junaluska,NC. Bishop Stephen Adler will be conducting the memorial service. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

Donations may be made to The Arc of Haywood County, 407 Welch Street, Waynesville, NC 28786.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Phillips family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on May 9, 2013