Michael Phillips, 63, Johnson City, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016 after a lengthy illness, at Johnson City Medical Center, surrounded by his family and friends.
A native of Erwin, TN, he was born on June 18, 1952 to M.L. Phillips and the late Margaret Jones Phillips.
He was a graduate of Unicoi County High School in Erwin. Michael received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Business from Tennessee Tech. Later in life he pursued his true passion by receiving his Masters in Social Work at East Tennessee State University. After graduating from ETSU, Michael was a counselor at Limestone Youth Treatment Center helping troubled young boys. Later he became a behavioral assessor at Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital in Johnson City, where he was also a member of the Response Team. He was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Unicoi County and most recently a member of the Johnson City Rotary Club as well as a Paul Harris Fellow. Michael was a member of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church.
In addition to his father, M.L. Phillips, those left to cherish Michael’s memory include his loving wife and college sweetheart, Debbie Vaden, daughter, Jennifer Thayer, and her husband Chris, his grandchildren, Cambridge and Berkeley, and numerous friends.
The family will greet friends to share memories from 10:00AM until 12:00PM on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Tetrick Funeral Services, Johnson City. A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Michael at 12:00 PM in the Sunrise Chapel with Pastor Mark Gooden officiating. A Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Roselawn Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Unity Group.
For those who prefer, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in memory of Michael to The American Heart Association 311 Browns Mill Road #6 Johnson City TN 37604 or to the charity of your choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed online at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.