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JOHN PHILLIPS Obituary – Dec. 1, 1956 – June 12, 2020

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John “Opa” Michael Phillips, 63, passed away Friday afternoon, June 12, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Memorial services were held at 5 p.m. Tuesday evening, June 16, at Old Friendship Baptist Church with Bro. Iran Smith officiating.
The family received friends at the church from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday. Military honors were at 5 p.m.
Born in Oklahoma City, Okla., Dec. 1, 1956 to T/Sgt. James Wade Phillips (Air Force) and the late Elizabeth Mendl Phillips, he grew up in various places around the world. 
He was a 1974 graduate of McNairy Central High School in Selmer.  He served four years in the United States Navy. 
He married Debi Hopper Sept. 22, 1995, and they made their home in Henderson.  He worked for Proctor and Gamble for 23 years and then for E&T Construction for seven years.  He enjoyed hunting, bee keeping, fishing, gardening and carpentry.  He was a member of Old Friendship Baptist Church. 
He is survived by his wife, Debra Ann ‘Debi’ Hopper Phillips; a son, Noah R. Phillips; one daughter, Rebecca C. (Matthew) Gowens of Leavenworth, Kan.; his father, James Wade (Ruth Ann) Phillips; four grandchildren, Loralai Gowens, Olivia Gowens, Casper “Buddy” Gowens and Gideon “Bear” Gowens; four sisters, Judy (Bob) Crowe of Finger, Yvonne Johnson of Henderson, Anita (Wes) Hawkins of Sacramento, Calif., and Esther Phillips of Houston, Texas; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Kathy Hopper of Vero Beach, Fla.; brother-in-law, Christopher (Tara) Hopper of John’s Creek, Ga.; and niece and nephew, Haley and Carson.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Mendl Hopper; a brother, Bob Phillips; and one sister, Irene Phillips.

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