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Calvin Luther Phillips

ELIZABETHTON, TN: Calvin Luther Phillips, age 88, died in Elizabethton, TN, on September 11, 2013. He was born on the family farm in Belmont County, Ohio, on September 11, 1925, to Luther and Jessie Phillips.

In addition to his parents, Calvin was preceded in death by Gail German Phillips, his devoted wife of 49 years; and a sister, Arlene Phillips.

He is survived by his widow Sally Rollins Phillips; sisters Laura Nelle Lillie and Elaine Phillips; and five children, Patricia Magness (Lee), Elizabethton, TN, Phil Phillips (Barbara), Zanesville, OH, Penny Phillips (Mike Brown), Rehoboth Beach, DE, Robin Phillips (Richard Connor), Cleveland, OH, and Joy Phillips (Paul Craley), Baltimore, MD; he is survived by four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, Emily Phillips Tansey (John and children Aidan and Eli), Erik Magness (Yooson Kim and children Leigh and Lane), Ethan Magness (Betsy and children Evan and Bryant), Aaron Phillips (Kristen and children Isaac and Samuel).

Calvin entered Cincinnati Bible Seminary in 1941, where he met Gail Myrtle German. They married in 1946 and ministered at the Church of Christ in Rushsylvania, Ohio, while he completed bachelor and master's degrees. In 1952 Calvin received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Butler School of Religion. In 1981, he was honored with a Doctor of Divinity degree from Milligan College, and in 1982, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.

In 1950, Calvin and Gail moved to Hammond, IN, to serve South Side Christian Church, working for 34 years as tireless servants in the Kingdom of God. In 1984, Calvin became the president of Emmanuel School of Religion, where Gail served by his side until her death in 1995. Following his retirement after ten years as president, he served Emmanuel as Chancellor for ten more years, and continued serving Emmanuel as a good will ambassador until his death.

He married Sally Rollins in 1996. Calvin and Sally worked in interim ministries at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, MD; First Christian Church (Disciples) in Zanesville, OH; and Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City, TN.

The family will receive friends at Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 East Watauga St., Johnson City, TN, on Friday, September 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 and in the chapel of Emmanuel Christian Seminary, 1 Walker Drive, Johnson City, TN, on Saturday, September 14 beginning at noon, followed by the funeral service at 2:00. The family will also receive friends at the Belmont Ridge Christian Church near Beallsville, Ohio, on Monday, September 16 at 11:00, followed by a service at 11:30. He will be laid to rest in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to First Christian Church in Zanesville.
Published in the Times Recorder from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15, 2013
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