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J. Paul Phillips, 80, Goshen, formerly of Nemacolin, Pennsylvania, died Sunday, March 26, at Courtyard Healthcare of Goshen, following a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 10, 1936, in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania, a son of the late James J. and Josephine (Bruckner) Phillips. While growing up on the family farm in Cumberland Township, he attended the Fairdale Free Methodist Church as a young man. He was a 1954 graduate of Cumberland Township High School and served with the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Mr. Phillips spent most of his life as a semi-truck driver, retiring from Schneider National after many years of employment. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Stablemen and Helpers of America, American Federation of Labor. After retiring, he worked for Foremost Transport Inc. of Goshen, transporting recreational vehicles to dealerships across the country. Whenever he was on the road, his beloved Chihuahua, Misty, was always by his side.
Mr. Phillips was a free spirit who enjoyed motorcycle riding, traveling and country music. In retirement, he was an avid fisherman. Mr. Phillips readily made friends wherever he went and had a very generous heart.
His wife of 26 years, Carole (Buck) DiBiase Phillips, died Oct. 9, 2006.
Surviving are a sister, Mary Phillips Mayle, wife of the late Harvey Mayle, Erie, Pennsylvania; a brother, George A. Phillips, and his wife, Jan, of Carmichaels; a stepson, John T. DiBiase Jr. of Carmichaels; two stepgrandsons, John T. DiBiase III and Jeremy L. DiBiase; three nephews, David Mayle and his wife, Sandy, and Daniel Mayle and his wife, Becky, all of Erie, and John Mayle and his wife, Pam, of Summerville, South Carolina; and numerous great-nephews, a great-niece and cousins.
Mr. Phillips also had a son, James, and a daughter, Jeanne, by a previous marriage.
A one-hour private viewing for family and friends from Goshen took place March 29 at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. A special and caring neighbor, Colleen Willits, and Pastor Bobby Musselman, who offered a prayer, were among those welcomed. Cremation services were provided by Yoder-Culp.
Family and friends are welcome to visit the family from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Yoskovich Funeral Home (724-966-5500), Martin J. Yoskovich, Funeral Director, 300 S. Vine St. (Route 88), Carmichaels. A memorial service will follow at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson officiating.
Private inurnment of his cremains will take place at Greene County Memorial Park, where Mr. Phillips will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Carole.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Humane Society of Greene County, 183 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370, to the American Lung Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.
For additional information and to sign the online guest book, visit www.YoskovichFH.com.
Published on April 18, 2017
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