Leicester pastor passes at 88

Special to the Tribune

The Rev. Charles Q. Phillips, 88, pastor of several area churches, for passed away on Wednesday, February 5, at his residence.

Phillips was a native of Cowpens, South Carolina, and a son of the late Walter and Eula Phillips. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertie Bolin Phillips, a grandson Camden Bailey and a brother, J.C. Phillips.

Rev. Phillips was a graduate of Carson-Newman College and Clark Memorial Junior College. He moved to Buncombe County and assumed the pastorate at Leicester’s Newfound Baptist Church in 1974, a position he held for 23 years. He then served Piney Mountain Baptist Church in Weaverville and Macedonia Baptist Church in Leicester. Recently, he had been attending Victory Baptist Church in the Erwin Hills area.

Phillips’ personal mission statement was to pour his life into the lives of others with the purpose of sharing Jesus with everyone.

Rev. Phillips is survived by his daughters, Robin P. Hughes and husband Johnny, and Kristi P. Bailey and husband Chad; grandchildren, Charlie Hughes, Casey Hughes and his fiancee Mae, Hayden Bailey, Auburn Bailey, Brendan Bailey and Ian Bailey; sister Doreen Riley, brother Grady Phillips and his wife Ann, and special friend, Georgia Moore.

The funeral service for Rev. Phillips was held on Sunday at Newfound Baptist Church with the Revs. Johnny Hughes, Chad Ellege and Bradley Johnson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice or to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisted the family.


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