Phillips, John Edward

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John Edward Phillips, 76, of Pulaski, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Wise County, January 11, 1940 and was preceded in death by his parents, John and Dona Phillips, as well as sisters Ocie Harding, Hazel McCoy and Dorothy Masters; and brothers Morgan and Roy Phillips.

John is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Rebecca (Becky) Hartsook Phillips; son, Mark Arlan Phillips and wife Cheryl of Richmond; daughter, Sherri Phillips Scott and husband David; and grandsons, Nathan and Gavin Scott all of High Point, North Carolina; two stepgrandsons, Matt Davis and Chris Davis and wife Jessica; and great-granddaughter, Emma Davis, all of Richmond; sister, Wilma Phillips Redman and husband, Bob, of Norton, along with many nieces; nephews; and cousins.

John graduated from John I. Burton High School in Norton, Va. where he played on the 1958 championship Norton Black Raiders football team and was chosen to play on the 1958 All District 8 football team. John was a registered radiologic technologist who began his training at Pulaski Hospital, where he met the love of his life, Becky. He completed his training at the University of Virginia Hospital, where he began work. During his 40 year career he was radiology manager at hospitals in Culpeper, Wytheville and Stuart, Virginia.

John was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pulaski, where he was instrumental in starting the Methodist Men’s Group and served as Lay Lector and usher for many years. John was an avid golfer who taught his children how to play. He scored a hole-in-one on four separate occasions. He volunteered with the annual Camp Dickenson golf tournament that provides scholarships for youth to attend summer camp. After his retirement he volunteered at the River Course in Fairlawn, because of his love for golf. During his children’s elementary and middle school years, he coached little league football, baseball and YMCA basketball along with his good friend, Paul Cox.

A celebration of life will be held at First United Methodist Church on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. with service to follow. Burial will be private at Sunset Cemetery in Christiansburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church 134- 4th Street, N.W., Pulaski, Va. 24301.Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.