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Billy Gene Phillips, 87
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Mr. Billy Gene Phillips, 87, of McMinnville, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 at Willow Branch Health & Rehab. He was born Oct. 04, 1934, in Lenoir City, was a retired engineer with Carrier Air Conditioning, served in the Army Reserve for 30 years and was a member of The Vine Baptist Church. Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by parents Stanley and Alice Inez Smith Phillips and brother Terry Phillips.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years Carlene Westmoreland Phillips; daughter Gina Lynn Lowry; grandson Clifton (Lesli) Lowry; great grandchildren Lucas Lowry and Libby Ann Lowry; sisters Shirley Johnson and Gipsy Ann Giles; brothers D.C. (Joan) Phillips and Johnny (Evelyn) Phillips; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. 

Graveside service and entombment is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery & Mausoleum.  Phillip Rowland will officiate. Visitation with the family will be held on Sunday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home. There will be no visitation at the funeral home on Monday as family and friends will meet at the cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to The Vine Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 23, 2022