He was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Clay County, the son of George and Hazel Lucille Proud Phillips.
He graduated from Van Buren High School.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during World War II, in the Pacific Theater in 1943-46.
On Dec. 16, 1948, Bill married Ruth Marie Lucas. She survives.
Bill worked as a coal miner and also worked as a farmer when he was newly married.
He also helped to build their home. He was a member of the United Mine Workers Association and the Operating Engineers Local No. 841.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years Ruth Phillips, Brazil, daughter Lois Ann Collins (Ryan), Clay City, sons Gary Ray Phillips (Donnie), Plainfield, and John William Phillips (Cheryle), Brazil, grandchildren Bonnie Jagoditz (Chris), Toby Phillips (Nicole), Marc Phillips (Khristen), Sara Collins (Mark), Brandy Collins-Hyatt (Thomas), and Adam Collins (Cameron), great-grandchildren Wil, Harper, Jacob, Lucas, Colin and Zachary, and Zoey, sister Helen M. Chezem, several nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Lewis Phillips.
Services will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Lawson-Miller Chapel, with Pastor Dick McShanog officiating. Burial will be at Calcutta Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the funeral home.
Light a candle in his memory at www.lawson-millerchapel.com.