George Philips was born in Queens, New York on May 12, 1955. Throughout childhood, he lived in New York, Tennessee, Arizona, and eventually California where he graduated from Gahr High School in 1973. He went on to complete some college course work and would eventually earn certifications to help him advance his career.
After being introduced through a friend, who later became his brother-in-law Paul, George married Linda Sue on August 2nd, 1980. Following their marriage, George enjoyed the fellowship of his Southern California church family, and many of those relationships planted eventually grew to be lifetime friendships. During this time, George picked up one of his lifetime hobbies, cycling, and he enjoyed riding down the California coast with his friends, and later through the backwoods of Tennessee with his son. George's church community also aided in his spiritual growth, and in 1995, he followed God's calling and moved to Tennessee in order to take a position at Metro Baptist Church and School where he worked until 2006.
During his tenure at Metro, George held many different positions and enjoyed the opportunity to work in the ministry. In addition to his administrative duties, he taught a Sunday school class, and many of his Saturday afternoons were spent preparing lessons for Sunday mornings. Saturdays were also a time that he pursued another one of his favorite hobbies: woodworking. He made many of the pieces around his house.
After leaving Metro, George joined James Greene and Associates and enjoyed his time assisting churches
in their search for insurance. His love for driving and his passion for ministry matched perfectly, and he worked for James Greene and Associates until his passing.
While his occupation made ends meet, his life's work was his family - both physical and church. He loved traveling with his wife Linda and enjoyed every opportunity to spoil her. His kids and grandkids brought him so much joy. From watching them play sports and graduating from college to serving in ministry, they never failed to make him proud. The family all agrees that Max's little league games were his favorite.
His church family was almost as important to him as his physical family, and he loved both enlarging and enriching the church families that he was a part of. He never turned down the opportunity to pray with someone who asked for it or needed it.
George is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Georgette Philips and his sister, Ellen Neeley. George is survived by his wife Linda, his children Amber Brinton (Donald), Joshua Philips, and Chelsea Campbell (Justin), brothers Christopher Philips (Robin) and Thomas Philips (Kim), sister Mary Ann Philips, grandchildren Maxwell and Cora Brinton. He also had many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins that he truly loved very much.
A celebration of life service for George will be held at Metro Baptist Church, 322 East Cedar Street in Goodlettsville, on Tuesday, August 11th at 6:00 PM. Drive-thru visitation will be held from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, at the church.
As we celebrate his life, we will have a drive-thru visitation that will allow you to connect with our family while also allowing for social distancing. We will have a service, but masks and social distancing will be required. Due to the nature of his death, these things are very important to us. Live streaming will also be available through the Metro Baptist Church Facebook page for those unable to attend and to allow for greater social distancing.