Henry L. Phillips, 89, of Millsboro, passed away Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness.
Phillips led a life of public service, having retired as a police officer in 1976 and also retired from serving as a mail courier for the Sate of Delaware, and employed as a funeral director’s assistant at Watson Funeral Home since 1976. He served for more than 50 years in the fire service at both the Gumboro and Millsboro fire departments.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II. In his career, Phillips served as a director of the Sate Fire School, held numerous offices in the fire company and was a charter member of the Delaware State Fire Police Association, and served as a past state president. During his police career, he was renowned in Millsboro and retired at the rank of lieutenant in 1976. He served for 30 years in the VFW Ambulance Service. In 1983, he was appointed to the Delaware State Firefighters Hall of Fame and was also chosen as Fire Policeman of the Year. He attended Zoar United Methodist Church.
Phillips is survived by his former wife and friend, Iris Eskridge; son, Robert W. Phillips of Millsboro; grandchildren, Aaron Phillips and Jennifer Lindenburger; great-grandchildren, Blake and Trent Lindenburger, and Andy and Ali Phillips; and best friend, Jim Loomis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence K. and Camille Long Phillips; son, Henry L. Jr.; brothers, Kenny and Reese; sister Alice; and special friend and companion, Jeanette Peters.
Services were scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at the Watson Funeral Home. During the funeral service, Phillips will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general, posthumously, by the Sussex County Fire Police Association — the first time the honor has ever been granted. Interment with full honors was set for Millsboro Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 83, Millsboro, DE 19966.