Ottis Phillips Obituary, Death – Ottis Phillips cared a lot about Tennessee Tech sports, especially Golden Eagle football. After all, he played for head coach Don Wade for four years, from 1969 to 1972, and helped Tech football win the Ohio Valley Conference championship and a spot in the Grantland Rice Bowl that year. Phillips went on to be a successful businessman, a respected leader in the community, and a great supporter of Tennessee Tech Athletics.
He even helped the program fix up Tucker Stadium and build the Football Operations Center on campus. He was put into the Tech Sports Hall of Fame in November of last year. Phillips, who was 71, died suddenly on Tuesday. He was one of the Tech Athletics Department’s best friends and biggest fans. On Friday at 1 p.m., Dr. Charles McCaskey and Rev. Christian Smith will lead a service to honor Phillips’s life at the Cumberland First Presbyterian Church on 10th Street in Cookeville.
The family will see friends from 10 a.m. until the start of the service. Phillips is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cindy Gray Phillips; daughters Kristie Phillips, Mary Beth (Blake) Herron, and Emily Phillips Rains, all of Cookeville; sons Parker (Shannon) Phillips of Brentwood and Hunter (Dallas) Phillips of Nashville; sister Pat Doughty of Cookeville; and grandchildren Caden Herron, Leigha Herron, Jack Rains, Lyndon Katherine Rains, Reagan Phillips, and Emerson Phillip Ottis Hansel Phillips Sr. and Pauline Valentine Clark Phillips were his parents.