William Earl "Bill" Phillips

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Sugarmill Woods, Fla.

William 'Bill' Earl Phillips, a devoted husband, father and grandfather of Sugarmill Woods, FL, passed away Monday, May 19, 2008, after a lengthy illness.

He was born on November 22, 1932, in Yantley, AL, to Gaines and Marie Allen Phillips.

He was predeceased by his beloved son, Gaines Lee Phillips.

Survivors are his loving wife of 54 years, Sarah Bennett Phillips; loving daughters, Sarah Marie Clewett and husband, Leonard of Hastings, MN, Kathy Diane McCarthy and husband, Capt. USN (Ret) Kevin of Germantown, TN, Wendy Renee Leftwich and husband CDR USN (Ret) Scott of Brentwood, TN, Jessica Melissa Tierce and husband Barry of Ft. Myers, FL; beloved son, William Allen Phillips and wife, Dyann of Middleburg, FL; loving sister, Peggy Norwood of Butler, AL and eight grandchildren.

He served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Moale during the Korean War.

He retired from Raytheon Engineers and Constructors after 42 years in the Construction Industry, managing the construction of power plants, paper mills, chemical plants and government projects in the United States and 18 other countries.

Bill was a member of Local 211 in Houston, TX. He enjoyed completing his projects on time and within budget. Bill was renowned in the construction industry and made friends throughout the world.

He graduated from the University of Alabama where he participated in the University of Alabama football program.

He was an avid photographer, focusing on coastal lighthouses, a skilled miniature ship builder, an accomplished guitarist, songwriter, and music lover and enthusiastic model railroader, coin and stamp collector. Bill also was well known for his love of barbecuing.

He was a devout Catholic and a member of Saint Benedict Catholic Church where his funeral mass was held on May 21, 2008. Bill loved the church and his Creator.

Bill was a very special man and very much loved. He will be missed dearly. They don't make men like Bill any more. We were blessed to have him in this world.

Published in Tri-City Herald on May 26, 2008