Robert Macon “Bob” Phillips Sr. died peacefully on Dec. 19, 2018, two weeks before his 100th birthday. Born in Emporia, he grew up in...

Robert Macon “Bob” Phillips Sr. died peacefully on Dec. 19, 2018, two weeks before his 100th birthday. Born in Emporia, he grew up in Petersburg and graduated from Petersburg High School.

Bob earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Richmond and his doctorate from the Medical College of Virginia (now Virginia Commonwealth University). He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Bob practiced medicine in Chester for 37 years before retirement.

He was predeceased by his parents, Macon Randolph Phillips and Susie Alley Phillips, and his sisters, Mary Kathryn Phillips Anderson and Sue Phillips Magee. His three beloved wives also predeceased him, Lillian Wilkerson Phillips, Mary Vaughn Bellows Phillips and Lois Proudfoot Phillips, all of whom died from cancer.

He is survived by his three sons, Robert Macon Phillips Jr. (Barbara) of Huntsville, Ala., Stephen Lee Phillips (Debra) of Elkton, and John David Phillips (Rebecca) of Bradenton, Fla.; by four stepchildren, Charles Lassiter Williams (Lynn) of Roanoke, Anne Williams Kain (Michael) of Richmond, Jeffrey Scott Proudfoot (Janet) of Elmira, N.Y., and Barbara Proudfoot Benjamin of Huntsville; and by six nieces and nephews, Suzanne Anderson Estus (Dick) of Savannah, Ga., Mary Sue Magee Williams of Winston-Salem, N.C., Thomas Allen Magee (Sheryl) of Chester, Macon Phillips Magee (Laura) of Centerville, Mass., John William Magee (Corinne) of Arlington, and Robert Coleman Bacchus (Diann) of Delray Beach, Fla. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Sunday, Dec. 30, at 4 p.m., at The Church of the Nativity, Huntsville, Ala. Interment would take place at a later date in Chester (www.laughlinservice.com).

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that any donations be made to: TwickenhamFest, 515 Randolph Ave., Huntsville, AL 35801 (www.twickenhamfest.org).