Verlon Morris Phillips
went home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 20, 2022. He was 86 years old.
Verlon was born July 1, 1935, in Flat Gap, Virginia, to Benjamin Franklin Phillips and Floy Mullins Phillips. He was the middle child in a family of 13 kids. He spent his younger years working with his family raising gardens and making moonshine. He attended school through the 9
grade, then worked at a sawmill, and at 17 started working in the coal mines where he worked for 5 years.
He married Wilma Jean Kiser on March 17, 1956, and they were married 68 years. They had two children, Gregory (Greg) Morris Phillips and Robert (Bob) Wayne Phillips while living in Virginia. They moved to Coquille, Oregon in 1960, where he secured a job at the Georgia Pacific lumber mill. His third child, Patricia (Patty) Leanne Phillips was born in Oregon. He continued working at GP until the plant closed in 1990. He found employment with Roseburg Forest Products and moved to Roseburg, Oregon around 1992, and retired there in 1996. He moved to Chandler, AZ in 2017 to be near his son, Robert, and family.
He was a hard-working man who was fiercely loyal to his family. He spent his summers raising gardens and traveled by car to Virginia every other summer to spend time with family. He loved to camp and travel with his sister Pearl and her husband John. He loved people deeply and had a habit of “collecting” family members, including Thomas Hoey and Erin Pearce and he was known to his family as “Pop”. Many summers his oldest granddaughter, Dawn Vandewarker, and Erin Pearce spent extended time at his house.
Pop was a country boy at heart, and he loved to maintain his property and grow huge gardens in the summer. He spent many hours every year gathering wood for the winter. Pop loved building fires, whether in the woodstove or a campfire, and was notorious for his ability to find wood in the bleakest of situations and often got in trouble with park rangers. Verlon also enjoyed pitching horseshoes with his good friend, Vernon Crockett and was always quick to lend a hand on projects.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma Jean, and his brothers and sisters, Doris King, Ken Phillips, Ella Cromer, and Hoyt Phillips. Also surviving him are his children Greg, Bob, and Patty, his bonus family, Thomas Hoey and Erin Pearce, and his grandchildren Dawn, Nick, Kelsey, Rachel, Kristina, Sam, and Kassidy, and his great-grandchildren Jory, Jayton, Jezrah, Tucker, Gracie, and Oakley. Every single one meant the world to him.
He will be missed but never forgotten. Until we meet again….