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David Ray Phillips

February 28, 1969 ~ March 14, 2018 (age 49)

Mr. David Ray Phillips, age 49, husband of Missy Phillips, and a resident of Green Schoolhouse Road in Columbia, passed away Wednesday evening, March 14, 2018 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday at 2PM at Heritage Funeral Home with Dale Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Garden of Love in Maury Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held on Saturday from 4-8PM and again on Sunday from 1-2PM at the funeral home. Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Better known as “Dirt Man” by many in Middle Tennessee, David was born on February 28, 1969 in Bryson City, North Carolina. He was the son of Helen Stewart Anderson and the late Aquilla Phillips. He married Missy on February 4, 1998 and together they had two children. David was a faithful member of Spring Meadows Church of Christ in Spring Hill. He worked 30 years in the construction business and was currently working at Alston Construction in Nashville. A great sense of humor, David was a loving husband and father who was very active in his children’s lives. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. Rejoice for me! As my eyes close on this earth for the final time, they will reopen in Paradise with my Savior, Jesus Christ.  DP 12-16-09.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his step father: James “Sonny” Anderson of Hudson, NC; step mother: Karen Buchanan Phillips of Robinsville, NC; son: Mitchell Cortland Phillips of Columbia; daughter: Corrina Raeann Phillips of Columbia; brother: Rodney (Erin) Phillips of Knoxville; step sister: Jill (Tim) Garrison of Robinsville, NC; mother & father-in-law: Rabon & Linda Dodson of Columbia; sister-in-law: Gena (Robert) Caldiraro of Mt. Pleasant; nephew: Charles (Heather) Vaughn of Mt. Pleasant; and nieces: Sydney Caldiraro of Mt. Pleasant and Elizabeth “Little e” Phillips of Knoxville.

Along with his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law: Raymond Smith; and grandparents: Ray & Ethel Phillips and David & Susie Stewart.

Pallbearers will be: Russell McGuire, Heath McGuire, Shane Phillips, Kevin Brooks, Chris McClung, and Tim Eller.

Honorary pallbearers will include: David’s coworkers at Alston Construction and the employees at MarketStreet Enterprises.  

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