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OBIT: Mr. Bobby Phillips, Of Chestnut Mound

Former Smith County educator Mr. Bobby Phillips of Chestnut Mound was pronounced dead at 3:22 p.m. Monday afternoon December 4, 2017 at the Cookeville Regional Medical. He died peacefully in his sleep at his West Walton Circle home.

Memorial services are scheduled to be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon December 16th from the Gladeville United Methodist Church, his close friend Lyndon LaFevers will deliver the eulogy.

The Phillips family will receive friends following the memorial services.

Mr. Phillips was cremated at Cumberland Family Services in Algood.

The Ashland City native was born Robert Wayne Phillips in Nashville on November 29, 1961 and was the son of Mrs. Sue Burton Phillips Putman of Nashville and the late Donald Haynie Phillips Sr.

A nephew, David Michael Phillips preceded Mr. Phillips in death.

Mr. Phillips was a 1980 graduate of Cheatham County High School in Ashland City and received a Bachelor of Science degree in education and continued on with his education and received a Masters in education, both from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.

On June 15, 1982 he was inducted in Nashville into the United States Navy and served our country until being honorably discharged as a Senior Officer on January 16, 1986. His total sea service was four years, four months and fourteen days.

He was a teacher and basketball coach at the Forks River Elementary School until becoming disabled from a fall in 2009.

Mr. Phillips is a member of the Gladeville United Methodist Church where he was a former youth leader.

After building a new A-frame home in Putnam County he attended the Chestnut Mound United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to his mother is his step-father, Mike Putman also of Nashville, two daughters, Zoila Phillips Preston and husband Chase of the Rock City Community, Marta Phillips of the Lancaster Community; grandmother, Gerry Burton of Chestnut Mound; three sisters, Jackie Smothers and husband Jeff of Springfield, Janice Chambers and husband David of Nashville, Melissa Hayes and husband Jim of Mt. Juliet; three grandchildren, Mia Phillips Gregory, Carson Preston and Caleb Ziegel.