Born in Fulton. he was a life resident. He previously worked at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego as a janitor and had worked in his early years at Mt. Adnah Cemetery. He enjoyed model cars, working on cars and tinkering with anything that had an engine. He was known by many family and friends as Davy Crockett.
He was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Ida Phillips; two sisters, Charlotte Riley and Mary Jane Collins; step-father, Tracy Hotaling; and step-mother, Virginia Hotaling.
Surviving are a son, David Phillips of Fulton; step-son, Peter Cogain of Fulton; fiancé, Diane Marshall of Granby; siblings, Helen Shortt of Oswego, Elizabeth Rice of Fulton, Billy (Terry) Phillips of Phoenix, Raymond Phillips of New Haven, Teresa (Richard) Maine of Hannibal, and Trace (Carol) Hotaling of Volney; step-sister, Phyllis Weldin of Volney; and several nieces and nephews;
Calling hours and service were held Wednesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton.