Thomas Edward Phillips Sr.

Published 11:47 am Monday, December 19, 2022

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Mr. Thomas Edward Phillips Sr., 86, of Jericho Church Road, Mocksville, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

He was born on Dec. 9, 1936 in Bellefonte, Del., to the late George Albert and Helen Frances Barnes Phillips.

Mr. Phillips was a member of Jericho Church of Christ. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having enlisted immediately following graduation from high school. He met his future wife while on shore leave and decided to get married and leave the Navy. After graduation from Guilford College, he spent the majority of his life in the insurance industry, working with investments also at the end of his career. He enjoyed hunting and golfing and had a great sense of humor. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and had been on many trips to many places around the world. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Albert Phillips (Carol).

Survivors include: his wife of 65 years, Ella Mae Leonard Phillips; 3 children, Thomas Edward Phillips Jr. of Mocksville, Dr. Barry David Phillips (Dr. Susan Phillips) of Florida, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips of Mocksville; 4 grandchildren, Richard Phillips, Allison Adler (Ryan), David Phillips, and Abby Phillips; a nephew, Scott Phillips; and 2 nieces, Patricia Crider and Helen Phillips.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, with Dr. Tom Torpy officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Navy. The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Eaton Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be considered for: Jericho Church of Christ, PO Box 354, Mocksville, NC 27028.

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