He was born Dec. 12, 1941, in Sullivan, the son of Elmo and Olon (Woodruff) Phillips.
He was retired from Peabody Coal Company and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.
Survivors include his wife, Rita L. (Ballard) Scott of Linton; two sons, Russell A. Phillips of Linton and Mike J. (Tracy) Phillips of Dugger; two step-children, Gary (Lori) Scott of Linton and Vicki (Curt) Yates of Jasonville; three sisters, Carolyn (Garland) Cowden of Anderson, Marilyn (Dillard) Stanton of Martinsville and Myra (Wally) Neal of Spencer; three grandchildren, five step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter-in-law, Madonna Phillips.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Linton by Pastor Steve Talpas.
Burial will follow at Dugger Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wedneday and at noon Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left for the family at www.welchcornett.com.