Christian 08

Leonard Edmond Phillips, Jr.

March 11, 1933 ~ December 10, 2021 (age 88)


Leonard Edmond Phillips, Jr., age 88, of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away Friday, December 10, 2021, following a series of health issues that he fought bravely, but ultimately could not overcome.  He was at peace with himself and with his God in whom he trusted in all things. His wife, Twila G. Phillips, to whom he had been married for 67 years, was at his side when he entered the Church Triumphant.

Leonard was born March 11, 1933 in Staunton, Virginia, a son of the late Leonard Edward and Iva Frost (Engleman) Phillips.  There in Augusta County he met and married Twila. In 1958, they moved to Tallahassee, Florida, after he accepted a position with the Florida, Department of Transportation as a roadway engineer. He would go on to retire from that agency after a 30-year career in roadway design. Even though he lived and worked in Tallahassee, he maintained a love for his home state, the Commonwealth of Virginia. The couple owned a second home in the small mountain town of New Hampden, Virginia, and resided there for a while and then would often spend their summers there. Leonard loved the area and its people and became a member of the Blue Grass, Ruritan Club in which he served until his health prevented him from traveling. Regardless, his friends in Highland County, Virginia were seldom away from his thoughts.

At the time of his death, Leonard was an associate member of Lafayette Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Florida and a member of Highland Baptist Church in Monterey.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Twila G. Phillips; one son, Jerrel “Jerry” E. and wife, Angela Kay Phillips of Tallahassee, Florida; two grandchildren, Melissa A. Phillips of Tallahassee, Florida, and Misty D. Phillips of Brookline, Vermont; one great granddaughter, Jordan A. Phillips of Tallahassee, Florida and her fiancé, David Johnson; as well as two cousins, Cynthia “Cindy” Phillips, and Steven Phillips, both of Staunton.

A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, December 16, 2021 in Blue Grass Cemetery with Rev. Mark Davis officiating.  

Active pallbearers will be Larry Propst, Roger Moyers, Roy Kimble Jr., Dareld Puffenbarger, Larry Bandy, Mike Marshall, and Chad Kimble.

Honorary pallbearers will be Stephen Phillips, Buddy G. Hutchens, as well as members of the Blue Grass Ruritan Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Highland Baptist Church Building Fund, 302 Jackson River Road, Monterey, VA 24465 or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida, Tallahassee, Florida 32308.

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Graveside Service
December 16, 2021

2:00 PM
Blue Grass Cemetery
Blue Grass Cemetery Road
Blue Grass, VA 24413


Highland Baptist Church Building Fund
302 Jackson River Road, Monterey VA 24465

Big Bend Hospice
1723 Mahan Center Boulevard, Tallahassee FL 32308

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