Malcolm Everett Phillips
Malcolm Everett Phillips
  • October 16, 1919 - December 14, 2017
  • Henrico, Virginia

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Malcolm Everett Phillips, Jr., "Mack", slipped away peacefully on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at The Hermitage at Cedarfield retirement community having celebrated 98 years of life.

In the cradle roll department of Bainbridge Church, he met the love of his life, Eleanor Reams, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage. Eleanor predeceased Mack.

He is survived by his daughters, Marianne Phillips Crean (Mark) of Richmond, Jean Phillips Holcombe of Virginia Beach, as well as grandchildren Christopher Scott Holcombe, Craig Leigh Holcombe, Tiffany Amacker Mendell (David), and Austen Kent Amacker (Laurie); and by great grandchildren, Jared Lawrence Holcombe (Vanessa), Mackenzie Marie Holcombe, Lila Blythe Mendell, and Elan Kai Amacker; great, great granddaughter, Emeila Brooke Holcombe; a sister-in-law Anne Bailey, two nieces, a nephew, and dear friend and roaming buddy, Betsy Holt.

Mack was a graduate of John Marshall High School, a proud member of the Old Guard at VPI where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to earn a Master of Engineering degree from N.C. State and a Master of Business from VCU. He served in the army during WWII, earning both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. During his distinguished career at AMF, he was awarded 11 patents. Giving back to the community was important to Mack. He proudly served as a founding member and deacon of Ridge Road Baptist Church in Raleigh, chairman of the Board of Deacons at River Road Church, Baptist, a Boy Scout Master, president of the residents' council at Cedarfield and at Sea Ranch timeshare in Nags Head. Throughout his life, he had an insatiable love of learning, something he passed to his children and grandchildren. He found joy in golfing, fishing, and painting with water colors. Mack brought laughter and love to all those that he knew and served as an outstanding role model to many.

The family would like to express appreciation for the loving care provided by the staff of the Hermitage at Cedarfield. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 23 at River Road Church Baptist at 11:30 a.m. followed by a reception. Visitation will be held at Woody Funeral Home, Parham Road, on Friday, December 22, from 6 - 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to River Road Church, Baptist or to the Samaritan Fund at Cedarfield. Online condolences may be sent to