Richard (Dick) L. Phillips went home to be with his Lord and Savior on November 15, 2023. Born on October 24, 1938, in Austin, Pa., he was the son of Homer and Lucille Woodruff Phillips.
Dick served his country for 4 years as a U.S. Marine which he was always so proud of. In September of 1960 he married the love of his life, the former Virginia (Geannie) McCracken. They were married 63 years until her passing recently on October 24, 2023
Dick and Geannie moved to Kane where they worked and raised 3 children. He worked as a truck driver for Tayton’s Motor Freight. He was also a proud long-time member of the Kane Elks Lodge. A talented musician, vocalist, and songwriter, Dick performed in a popular country band called the “Broken Strings”.
After moving to Tennessee, Dick worked at “Southern Color Type Printing” Company and the “Smyrna Housing Authority” as the maintenance supervisor from which he retired.
An active member of the LaVergne United Methodist Church, he served on the Board of Trustees, managed the church garden, and drove to collect trailers full of food from the food banks in support of the homeless and less fortunate. Dick continued with his music by playing and singing his praises to God at the church services and functions.
Our father was a strong, hardworking, empathetic individual who loved his fellow man and selflessly gave so much to his family, friends, acquaintances, and people he didn’t even know.
Dick is survived by his children Brenda Phillips Baker of Kane, Pa., Daniel Phillips (Shelley) of Old Hickory, Tenn., Barbara (Greg) Syvertson of Suffolk, Va. and adopted daughter, Betty Ann Bunnell of Coudersport, Pa. Seven grandchildren; Kyle Baker, Kalli (John) Rook, Daniel Baker, Dylan Phillips, Dustin (Nicola) Syvertson, Austin Syvertson, and Houstin (Alexandra) Syvertson. Five great grandchildren; Chloe and Jackson Baker, and Brady, Quinn, and Owen Rook. Also surviving are many deeply loved nieces and nephews.
There will be no services at this time.
Please consider donating to a Veteran’s organization, a local food bank, or a homeless shelter in memory of our Dad. These causes were very important to him as well as our mother.
As Dad would always say, “Glory Be to God”