Eugene Talmadge “Gene” Phillips, age 71, of Register, GA passed into enteral rest at his home in the presence of his wife of 50 years, Georgia Ann Herndon Phillips, on July 3rd, 2018. He was a native of Burke County and resided in Bulloch County for the past 34 years.
He was born in Waynesboro, GA, and is the son of the late Clarence and Marie Phillips. Gene was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War. After the Army, he was mostly employed in the Agriculture Industry with notable work at Goldkist and Tillman and Deal Farm Supply. He was last employed at Windmere Greenhouse.
He enjoyed working with plants and flowers. He took pride in his garden and was known for having a green thumb. He was most proud of his family, children, and grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Marie Phillips, brother Bill Phillips and a sister Gladys Shaw; three sisters-in-law Shirly Eskew, Lucile Kilpatrick, and Betty Herndon; five brothers-in-law Wayne Herndon, Larry Herndon, Frank Taylor, Julian Eskew, and Olin Blackstone.
Surviving are his loving wife, Georgia Anne Herndon Phillips; his children, a daughter Tonya Phillips, and three sons: Tad Phillips (Tammy), Travis Phillips, and Tony Phillips all of Statesboro; his four granddaughters who he adored: Shelby Phillips, Allison Phillips, Wynne Phillips, Lexi Phillips also all of Statesboro.
Also surviving are three brothers: Jerry Phillips, Bob (Ellen) Phillips, and Joey (Becky) Phillips all of Waynesboro; two sisters: Helen Taylor of Millen and Jane (Robert) Rogers of Waynesboro. In addition, four brothers-in-law: Richard (Virginia) Herndon, Tommy Herndon, Robert (Arlene) Herndon, Arlon (Connie) Herndon; three sisters-in-law: Myrtle Lee Blackstone, Clara (Bubba) Dukes, Emily (Lance) Goninan. He also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to Ogeechee Area Hospice for their care and support for he and his family.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday July 8th, 2018 at 2pm at the Chapel of Kennedy Funeral Home in Metter, GA.
Friends may sign the online guestbook at: www.kennedyfuneralhomechapels.com
The family asks any memorial contributions to be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice.