Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

February 10, 2013

Bill Phillips


Effingham Daily News

XENIA — Bill Dwain Phillips, age 72, of Xenia, died at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at his home in Xenia.

    The funeral service for Bill Phillips will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with visitation from 1 p.m. until time of service on Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Oskaloosa Cemetery, Xenia. Memorial donations may be given to the donor’s choice. An online guestbook is available at www.frankandbright.com.  

    Bill was born April 30, 1940, in Marion County, to Walter E. and Mary Ellen (Pittman) Phillips. He married Jo Ann Anderson on May 29, 1958, in Xenia. She preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 1996. He later married Ruth Swain on March 24, 1997. She recently preceded him in death on Jan. 11, 2013.

    Bill worked as a shipping supervisor for World Color Press in Effingham for 30 years, retiring in 2002 and was a member of New Hope Christian Church in Xenia. He was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed spending time at his cabin, was an enthusiast of Antique Ford motor vehicles, a fan of NASCAR’s Mark Martin and enjoyed country music, especially George Jones. He also enjoyed tending his beef cattle and feeding braunschweiger to his faithful companion “Ralphie.” Most of all Bill cherished his beloved family and gave them each special nicknames.

    He is survived by children, Tina (husband, Ben) Golden of Xenia, Sherry Lee (husband, Troy) Porter of Louisville, Jane (husband, Brent) Harris of Xenia, Jacque (husband, Randy) of Flora, Jennie (husband, Scott) Collier of Marshall, Jeff Forth of Rockwood; a sister, Dona Johnston of Kinmundy; along with 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.         He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, one daughter, Tammy Lou Phillips, and a brother, Robert McHenry.