Joseph Preston Phillips
Joseph Preston Phillips
  • January 25, 1932 - August 10, 2015
  • Fayetteville, West Virginia

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Joseph Preston “Joe” Phillips, 83, of Fayetteville passed away Monday, August 10, 2015 at home.

Born on January 25, 1932 at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Charles Lee Phillips Sr. and Frances Virginia Ball.

Mr. Phillips was a member of Fayetteville Presbyterian Church.

He proudly served his country for four years in the US Navy on the USS Randolph from 1951-1955. Mr. Phillips was a member of American Legion Post 49 and served two years as Commander and two years as District Commander.

He graduated in 1949 from Fayetteville High School and attended Marshall University and former member of Fayetteville Rotary.

Mr. Phillips was a retired district manager for Subway in North Carolina. Spending time with his family was a priority as well as wood working, and watching Carolina basketball. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Preston Phillips Jr.; brother, Charles Lee “Jerry” Phillips Jr.; and sister and brother-in-law, Pete and Courtney Proctor.

Left with many wonderful memories include his wife of 60 years, Kay Dean Akers Phillips; four children: Gordon (Martha) Phillips, Melissa (Chuck) McDaniel, Thomas (Tammy) Phillips, and Jennifer (Kenneth) Allen; five sisters: Susan (Dennis) Hanson, Patricia Phillips Wendell, Eleanor (Cam) Wimer, Martha Virginia Phillips, and Mary Margaret Thrift and her son, Britt; one: brother, John David (Martha) Phillips; and sister-in-law: Jeanie Phillips; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Greg Stone officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 12 noon until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Beckley VA Medical Center and Hospice of Southern WV for their wonderful care during this most difficult time.

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The family has entrusted arrangements to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, WV.