Retired Lafayette farmer, Mr. Ralph Phillips, died at the age of 82 at the Knollwood Manor in Lafayette at 9:03 a.m. on Wednesday morning January 24, 2024 following a period of declining health.
Funeral services from the Lafayette Chapel of Anderson and Son Funeral Home were conducted on Saturday afternoon January 27th at 1 p.m. with Eld. Jeff Blackwell officiating. Burial followed beside his wife Shirley, of sixty two years, in the East Section at the Dixon Springs Cemetery.
He was born Ralph Gregory Phillips October 15, 1941 on the Phillips family farm in Dixon Springs and was the youngest of nine children, six sons and three daughters of the late Sherman Phillips who died November 11, 1981 at the age of 85 and Carmie Jane Gregory Phillips who died October 24, 1991 at the age of 91.
Seven of his eight siblings preceded him in death, Mary Ruth Gregory died as an infant on September 17, 1930 at twenty two months of age, Jim Morgan Phillips died at the age of 55 on January 2, 1973, Billy Frank Phillips Sr. died at the age of 62 on February 13, 1994, Howard Marshall Phillips died at the age of 73 on April 13, 1994, Ray Key Phillips died at the age of 75 on December 18, 1998, Ruby Gordon Phillips Wilson died at the age of 81 on November 12, 2015 and Ella Lee Phillips Piper died at the age of 89 on December 12, 2015.
Mr. Phillips was a member of the 1960 graduating class at Smith County High School and where he majored in agriculture and mathematics. He was secretary of his graduating class, was in agriculture all four years and served as vice-president, participated in soil judging and was in in the Spanish club, all his senior year, and participated in the F. F. A. skills contest all four years.
It was stated of him in the ‘60 Owl Yearbook that “Whenever I feel the urge to exercise coming on, I lie down until it passes over”. That exemplified his fun nature all throughout his life.
He was saved at the age of 18 on November of 1959 and was baptized into the full fellowship of the Old Bottom Missionary Baptist Church in the Beech Bottom Community of Macon County, and where he remained a member until his death.
Mr. Phillips was married to Lafayette native, the former Shirley Gann and she preceded him in death on February 21, 2022 at the age of 81.
Mr. Phillips was a lifelong farmer owning a farm in Amos, Kentucky and he and his brother Gerald farmed the Phillips family farm on Young Branch Road in the Dixon Springs Community and were together almost every day, six days a week, working on the tobacco, hay and cattle farm.
In addition to farming, Mr. Phillips and James Blankenship owned and operated an Esso Service Station and wrecker service in Lafayette for several years.
He is survived by his Goddaughter, Whitney Lee and husband Skylier of Lafayette, brother, Gerald Phillips and wife Carolyn Gregory Phillips of the Dixon Springs Community.
ANDERSON & SON of LAFAYETTE