Phillips, Chester Collins

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phillips chester collinsChester Collins Phillips, 78, of Copper Valley, an almost five year resident of Radford Health & Rehab, died peacefully on June 21, 2012. His wife of 61 years, Edith, predeceased him by a mere four months, and he has joined her at the Gates of Heaven. His body and voice have been healed from the stroke, and they are strolling the Streets of Gold and chatting for the first time in nearly five years. They are both sadly missed by their children, Mary and Gordon Harman, Larry and Ann Phillips, and Nancy and Jeff Gallimore; grandchildren, Dale and Nancy Harman, Christopher and Emily Harman, Jennifer and Dale Smith, Jason and April Phillips, and Joshua Gallimore; great-grandchildren, Brady and Jonah Harman, Cody Smith, Chloe and Ethan Phillips; stepgreat-grandchildren, Georgia and Max Wimmer; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bobby Phillips, Roger Phillips, Clarence and Bea Phillips, Jackie and Alice Phillips, Ronald Phillips, Elwood and Jo Phillips, Timmy and Sandra Phillips, and Oleda Phillips; sisters and brothers-in-law, Geneva and Ronald Smith, Reba and Dorsie Montgomery; special sisters-in-law, Norma Graham and Pearl Hodges; and many special friends, too numerous to mention. Chester retired from Lynchburg Foundry, where he worked for 32 years. He was the neighborhood handyman and mechanic, helping anyone who needed assistance with anything. He had a green thumb and loved gardening, and he proudly displayed his thousands of Christmas lights for all to enjoy. Chester was truly loved by all. The family would like to thank the staff of Radford Health & Rehab for their loving care for the past five years, not only for him but for his entire family. II Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at the day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Indian Valley Pentecostal Holiness Church, 3747 Indian Valley Road, Indian Valley, VA with the Rev. James Walker and the Rev. Marvin Wade officiating. Interment to follow in White Rock Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2012, at the Indian Valley Pentecostal Holiness Church. Flowers are appreciated, or donations can be made to the White Rock Cemetery, c/o Tazewell Altizer, 376 Indian Valley Road, Radford, VA 24141. Online condolences may be made by visiting