• The Hammonton Gazette

George Russell Phillips

George Russell Phillips of Overbrook Manor, Pa. died on Saturday, January 30, 2021.

He resided in the Alexian Village, Signal Mountain, Tenn. George was a distinguished combat veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam.


As a youngster, he attended Malvern Preparatory School. On graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During WWII, he served as a combat aircrew man serving in the South Pacific Theater of Operations. He was discharged in 1945. He immediately entered Villanova University. Following graduation with a bachelor’s of science degree in economics, he was employed by N. Snellenberg a department store in Philadelphia as an assistant buyer. After working at Snellenberg, Phillips reentered the Marine Corps in the meritorious non-commissioned officer program.


On obtaining his commission, Phillips served in many roles within the Marine Corps with a broad range of responsibility. During this time, he received a master of arts degree in marketing from East Carolina University. In addition to his studies at the university, he was a graduate teacher’s assistant. He also attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff School and was also a graduate of several other Armed Forces institutions. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel to enter the teaching profession.


George is predeceased by his lovely and devoted wife of 60 years, Theresa Marie Phillips.

Surviving are his nieces, Dolores Mawson and Kathy Brogan.


A memorial Mass will be held at noon on Friday, February 19, 2021 in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 risks, the service will be livestreamed and can be view on George Phillips tribute page at www.heritagechattanooga.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the “Toys for Tots” Foundation, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Va.


Arrangements made by Heritage Funeral Home, Chattanooga, TN 37421.