Jerry Phillips, 81, passed away at his residence on Monday, May 23, 2022, the place he had called home most of his life and entered his eternal home to live with his Lord and Savior throughout eternity.
He was a beautiful, special man with a gracious heart and spirit. A spirit that only knew love and gave love, freely.
He was born on Aug. 22, 1940, to Luther and Frankie (Jordan) Phillips, who preceded him in death.
He loved his family with his complete heart and unconditionally. He was the No. 1 fan of the Tennessee Volunteers football, basketball, and softball; it was Big Orange all the way. Every game day, you would find him listening or watching, and sometimes both. He was loyal to his "team," just like he was loyal to his family and friends. He would cheer and shout, do all the "side chair: coaching and get upset over a "bad call."
He loved the Bradley Bears, Atlanta Braves, playing the Wii tennis, bowling, golfing; whatever the game he held the highest score in, each one he could swing that racket from left to right, hand hit the ball and never miss. He loved his "Mustangs." He was amazing. When his eyes were better, he loved to read all kinds of books and newspapers about vitamins and things that were good and/or bad for you; he believed in "natural" medicines, whenever possible, and always encouraged the ones he loved to take care of themselves.
He Loved BIG, and he was loved BIG by his family. He enjoyed spending time with all his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and "greats." He accepted his "lot" in life with integrity, dignity, grace and courage. He never complained. He never wanted pity. He was strong. He was content. He loves Jesus!
Preceding him to eternity, besides his parents, are brothers, Chuck Bolin and David, Bobby, Leon and Eddie Phillips; brother and sisters-in-law, Glenn Britt, Ruth Phillips and Debbie Phillips.
Left behind for now, are his oldest surviving brother, Thomas (Skeet) Phillips; sisters, Linda Phillips Rakestraw (Steve), Carol Phillips Britt and Chris Phillips Still (Gerald); sisters-in-law, Judy Phillips and Caroline Phillips; and many nieces, nephews, "greats" and "great-greats," cousins and friends.
Everyone that met Jerry made a friend for life. As we always say, "there's no-one like our Jerry."
A Remembrance of Life service will be held on Friday, May 27, 2022, at 2 p.m. at the Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, Wildwood Avenue Chapel, with his sister, Chris Still speaking.
The interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens, with Jacen Phillips, Colby Still, Steve Rakestraw, Justin Posey, Josh Hill and Charlie Williams serving as casket bearers.
The family will receive friends on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
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