HAGERSTOWN – George Paul Phillips, 91, a longtime Hagerstown resident, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Friends Fellowship Community, where he had resided for the past several months.
He was born in Rockwood, Tenn., on May 10, 1927 to John Guy and Maude (Overstreet) Phillips.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; three children, Mark (Linda) Phillips of Rossville, IN, Judy (Steven) Luckhardt of Ann Arbor, MI and Lorin (Susan) Phillips of Lee’s Summit, MO; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Tom Phillips of Milton, IN, and nieces.
After moving to LaPorte, Ind., with his family, he attended LaPorte High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he proudly served aboard the USS Hornet in WWII as a Signalman. He then moved to the Hagerstown area and married Dorothy Knapp on Dec. 31, 1948. In the 1950s they built their home on Woodpecker Road by hand and lived there until a few months ago.
George worked at Perfect Circle Corporation as a draftsman, design engineer and account manager for many years, and retired from Western-Cullen Hayes in Richmond after 15 years there as account manager.
He and Dorothy were world travelers and enjoyed touring new places. George’s main interest was playing the trumpet and he played most of his life. He played in several swing bands and concert bands, as well as Taps for military funerals and his ship’s reunions.
Visitation will be 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown. Services will follow at 1 p.m. The Rev. Ray Armstrong will officiate. Burial will be in Brick Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite veterans’ service organization. Online condolences may be left at www.culbersonfh.com