Charles Curtis “Sonny” Phillips, 80, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died April 1, 2018, at his home, following a short battle with cancer.
Born March 3, 1938, in Waldron, Mich., he was a son of the late Howard and Eugenia (Lester) Phillips. He married Barbara A. Beaverson on Oct. 11, 1958, in Waldron, and she survives.
Sonny was the founder and longtime owner of C. Phillips Plumbing and Heating in Fayette, a business he was proud to eventually manage alongside two of his sons. Prior to his self-employment, he worked in the construction of the Waldron and Litchfield school buildings, and also for Fred Armstrong’s heating and plumbing business for 10 years.
In addition to his wife of more than 59 years, Barbara, Sonny is survived by a daughter, Kathy (and Richard) Miller of Fayette; three sons, Steve (and Barbara) Phillips, Curt (and Kriss Rashley) Phillips, and Jason (and Tarra) Phillips, all of Fayette; a brother, Richard (and Patricia) Phillips of Delta, Ohio; a sister, Deb (and Mel) Schaedler of Waldron; and eight grandchildren, Ashley, David, MaKayla, Kody, Harley, Sonny, Shelby and Tori.
In addition to his parents, Sonny was preceded in death by a son in infancy; a brother, Robert Phillips; and four sisters, Jean Beaverson, Leora Clark, Eleanor New and Ann Walker.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette on Wednesday, April 4, and also from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, at Lauber Hill Reformed Mennonite Church near Archbold, with James Basinger officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorial donations are suggested to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, Gorham Fayette Fire Department, or a charity of the donor’s choice.