NORTHFIELD — Robert Charles Phillips, Sr., 77, a resident of Northfield for 28 years, died Monday, March 17, 2014, at the Franklin Regional Hospital after being stricken ill at his home.
Pastor Phillips was born in Rumford, Maine, Oct. 4, 1936, son of John and Helen (Archibald) Phillips. He spent many years in Gilmanton and lived a short time in Lakeport prior to his move to Northfield. He was employed at the Arwood Corporation in Northfield for several years and for a time was employed at the Spaulding Youth Center in Northfield. He served as pastor at the Evangelical Church in Gilmanton, Union Church in Northfield and the Lochmere Baptist Church. He and his wife were longtime adult foster caregivers at their home. He served his country from 1955 until 1959 with the Navy.
His family includes, his wife of 51 years, Ethelyn (Wing) Phillips of Northfield; his sons, John E. Phillips of Northfield, and Robert C. Phillips Jr. of Derry; his daughters, Patricia L. DeBow of Parkton, Md., Tina M. Smith of Northfield, Judith A. Burdick of Hill, Rebekah J. Soucy of Manchester, and Melissa H. Colangeli of Plymouth; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Robinson of Falmouth, Maine; a sister, Beverly Robinson of Fryeburg, Maine; nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Thursday, March 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road in Tilton. A funeral service will be held the following day, Friday, at 11 a.m. at the Hope Community Chapel, Hill Road in Franklin. A brief committal prayer with military honors will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery Chapel, 110 D.W. Highway in Boscawen.
Those wishing may make a memorial contribution in Pastor Phillips name to the Lochmere Baptist Church Missions Fund, P.O. Box 12, Lochmere, NH 03252.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com