Gerald Stephen (Steve) Phillips, age 62, went to his heavenly home, Sunday, July 1, 2018 in Bristol, Tennessee after a courageous battle with cancer.
Steve was born in Oneonta, Alabama on Aug. 9, 1955, the son of Rufus and Lydia (Robbins) Phillips.
He graduated from Sylacauga High School, and the University of Alabama with a BA in Mass Communication/Media Studies. He was also a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
Steve was a well-known figure to the television sports world. He worked for WVTM in Birmingham, Alabama before moving to WKRN in Nashville, Tennessee. Steve was co-host and producer of This Week in Country Music on The Nashville Network before joining Knoxville, Tennessee’s WBIR as sports director and anchor. As the Sports Guy, Steve was a familiar face to television audiences in all three cities. He was known for his humor, gentle spirit and love of all sports. Upon retiring from sports broadcasting he joined the Master Dry Team in Knoxville Tennessee as a concrete specialist.
Steve was a member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee where he served as a member of the choir, prayer team and men’s bible study. Steve has always said his greatest legacy is his testimony. His unwavering faith and trust in God’s will for his life has been an inspiration to all those who have followed his journey.
Steve is survived by his “angel on earth” and fiancé, Jane Graham Morrell of Bristol, Tennessee, brothers, Harold Phillips, Larry Phillips (Vernell), Bruce Phillips, Ken Phillips (Karen) and sister, Kay Gordon (Bob), all of Oneonta, Alabama. Steve’s extended family includes his aunt Ozell Robbins, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Robbins and Mr. and Mrs. James M. Phillips; brother Willard Phillips; sisters-in-law Barbara Phillips and Dean Phillips; and nephew Vince Phillips.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 2pm at Sevier Heights Baptist Church, 3232 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville Tennessee with Dr. Hollie Miller officiating. The service will also be available at https://livestream.com/sevierheights/maincampus. There will be a time of visitation with the family following the celebration. An additional Celebration of Life service will be held at First Baptist Church Oneonta, Alabama, July 10, 2018 at 2 p.m. A private burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Oneonta, Alabama.
The Phillips family would like to extend our gratitude to Dr. Katherine Peters and her team at Duke’s Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Institute, Dr. Edwin McElroy and his team at Wellmont Kingsport Cancer Center and countless friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Gifts, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.