Garry Gene Phillips

Garry Gene Phillips

Garry Gene Phillips, 76, of Anna, died Sunday, July 3, 2016, at 4:05 p.m. at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

He was born on May 6, 1940, in Vienna, the son of Claude and Helen Croft Phillips.

On Feb. 11, 1961, he married Mary L. “Lou” Lawrence in Vienna.  She preceded him in death on Feb. 22, 2012.

Survivors include his daughters, Timara Kessler of Cobden, Christel (her husband, James) Prater and Nikki (her husband, Brian) Craig, all of Anna; eight grandchildren, Tara (her husband, Cory) Ganwich, Lacy (her husband, Michael)) Heidolph, William (his wife, Dayna) Hopkins, Tori (her husband, Cameron) Williams, Dale Prater, Nolan Prater, Payton (her husband, Alex) Foeller and Noah Craig; three great-grandchildren, Maddie and Chloe Hopkins and Liberty Foeller; a brother, Allen (his wife, Aleda) Phillips of California; and a niece, Majhon (her husband, Noah Wiseman) Phillips of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude Phillips and Helen Phillips Cook; an infant son, Garry Lynn Phillips; and his stepfather, Elmer Cook.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.  

He had been self-employed as an over-the-road truck driver.  Additionally, he was formerly employed in the sales and marketing division of M.K.T. (Missouri-Kansas-Texas) Railroad and worked for several years as a deputy for the Wayne County Missouri Sheriff’s Department.

He was a devout Christian and loving father.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

A memorial service honoring the life of Mr. Phillips will be conducted Thursday, today, at 11 a.m. at Taylor Cemetery, 5616 U.S. Highway 45 North, Vienna.  Pastor Bon Reynolds will officiate.  Military graveside honors will be accorded.

Those attending the service are asked to gather at the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, today.

Memorials can be made to the Taylor Cemetery Association, c/o Connie Taylor, 5340 U.S. Highway 45 North, Vienna, Ill. 62995.

To share a memory or to leave an online message of condolence for his family, visit

Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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