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Trinity Memorial Centers Funeral Home Obituaries

Howard Ray Phillips

July 03, 1948 - October 15, 2020

2 Timothy 4:7.  “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”.

Howard Ray Phillips, 72, passed away peacefully at his home on October 15, 2020, with his wife by his side, after a years-long battle with dementia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Sally Phillips, father-in-law James Eldridge and mother-in-law Ruth Eldridge, brothers Rex Allen Phillips and Clyde Phillips, Jr, and sister Joan Bowen.

Those left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 49 years, Darlene Phillips, daughter Candice Phillips (Travis Christian), son Josh Phillips (Lauren) and grandchildren Ivy, Nolan, Sawyer, and Georgia.  He is also survived by brothers Frankie Phillips and Robert Phillips, sisters Cora Nell Carroll and Margaret Robinette, as well as numerous cousins, nieces,and nephews.

Howard grew up in Big Stone Gap, Va and attended Powell Valley High School, where he later proudly served as the Viking mascot for Powell Valley’s first state championship football team, “The Year of the Viking” in 1982.  He became an auto mechanic at a young age and owned Howard’s Auto/Philips 66 station in Big Stone Gap.

After moving to Kingsland, Ga, he later became a missile mechanic at Lockheed Corporation.

He returned to the area in 1991 and resided in Kingsport until his death.  He was a devoted member at First Baptist Church in Kingsport and was involved in many activities over the last 28 years.  He was a faithful member of the Perspectives Sunday School Class and leaves behind many cherished and special friends.

Before his health began to fail, he was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He loved Nascar, sports, especially his beloved Tennessee Vols, and listening to classic rock and country music.  He was happiest with his wife and best friend, Darlene, and was proudest of his children, Candice and Josh.  He especially adored his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.

He will be remembered for his huge smile, boisterous laugh, and even bigger heart.  With his oversized personality, he never met a stranger and lived his life to the fullest.

The family will receive friends Monday in the atrium at First Baptist Church, 200 W. Church Circle, Kingsport, at 6:00pm, with a service to follow in the Sanctuary at 7:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Trinity Memorial Centers Funeral Home (423-723-8177) is honored to serve the Phillips family.