Clinton Clayton Phillips

Clinton Clayton Phillips, 99, passed away May 17, 2019 at Indianola Rehab and Healthcare Center.

Clayton was born on April 13, 1920 in Darlove, Miss. to Carol and Belar Clayton Phillips. He enlisted in the Army on Oct. 10, 1940 and served with the Second Armored Division in WWII.  Clayton saw action in North Africa, Sicily and France. He received the “Purple Heart” while attempting to land in France on June 11, 1944.  Upon returning to Indianola, he married Annie Pearl Foster and worked for Central Buick and Ludlow Textile until his retirement. After retirement he worked as a refrigeration repairman and independent contractor for Indianola Academy for many years. Clayton was known for his love of fishing and could be found with his boat on any day, on area lakes.  A lifelong member and founder of Christ United Methodist Church of Indianola, he attended faithfully as long as his health allowed.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Annie Pearl Foster Phillips.

He is survived by a son, David Phillips and his wife Sherry of Madison; one daughter, Sara Phillips of Indianola; one grandson, Brandon Phillips and his wife, Lea, and great-grandchildren, Clay Phillips and Raylea Phillips, all of Fritzgerald, Georgia; granddaughter, Jennifer Zepponi and husband Quinn of Indianola, and great-grandchildren, Andrew Carithers of Indianola and Swayze Carithers of Flowood;  and granddaughter, Lindsey McCaskill and husband Hunter and great-grandchildren Bailey Partridge and Sarah Foster McCaskill, all of Indianola. 

He will be remembered most as a loving husband and father, a devoted grandfather and great grandfather, and loyal friend to many.  He never met a stranger and went out of his way to help others.

The family will receive friends Monday, May 20 from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. A private family burial will follow at Indianola City Cemetery.

Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to: Christ United Methodist Church, 221 Elaine Street, Indianola, MS 38751; or Veterans of Foreign Wars,, American Legion Wreaths Across America, 1608 K. Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006.

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