Dr. Alan G. Phillips
July 5, 1941 - April 10, 2021
BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL - Dr. Alan G. Phillips, a longtime Bloomington-Normal resident, passed away in Strafford, MO, on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at the age of 79.
Alan was born on July 5, 1941, in Olney, IL. He was the son of Rev. A.G. Phillips and Frances McGill. He married Mary Elizabeth Phillips on May 29, 1961, in Lakeland, FL. They were married for over 57 years, until her death on December 2, 2018. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.
There will be a private family graveside service at a later date. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.
He is survived by his children: Francess (Tim) Harris of Bloomington, IL, Dr. Alan (Ronna) Phillips of Normal, IL and Dr. Richard (Karrah) Phillips of Christiansburg, VA; as well as six grandchildren: Seth (Ashley) Harris, Noah Harris, Kamden Phillips, Kyleigh Phillips, Kaeson Phillips and Koralyn Phillips.
Alan grew up on the south side of Chicago and was an Eagle Scout who loved sports and music. He went on to play minor league baseball, then went to college, earning several degrees, including a Doctorate in Education from the University of Arkansas.
During his career, Alan taught in several public schools and worked as a college professor and administrator. He also served as lead pastor for seven churches spread across Illinois, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, and California. He was gregarious and a gifted orator with a talent for communicating and engaging with others in the classroom, via the pulpit, and one-on-one. He was also a dedicated husband and father, and over the years enjoyed many adventures with his family.
He will be deeply missed, but he had "finished the race" and was ready to move on to Heaven, the greatest adventure of all.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
Memorials may be sent to Midwest Food Bank, 2031 Warehouse Rd., Normal, IL 61761, or Preferred Hospice, 5340 Town Centre Drive, Ozark, MO 65721.
Online condolences may be left at www.beckmemorial.com.