Clayton Phillips of Caryville, will turn 90 on April 29th. He was born in Coffee County, Alabama. His family moved to Washington County when he was a child, initially living in the Falling Waters area then later they settled in Caryville. Mr. Phillips has been married to Blanche for 66 years.
They have four daughters, eight grand children, 12 great-grand children, and two great-great grand children. He has faithfully served his community for many years. Mr. Phillips was employed by Garner Lumber Company for 17 years, and then he was employed by Arnold Lumber Company and retired after 35 years.
He was elected as a town councilman in 1973 and served in that capacity for 14 consecutive years. He took two years off and in 1989 he was reelected and continued to serve for a total of 30 years. He was also on the Washington County Planning Commission, Appalachia Planning Council and Chairman of the Black Caucus of Appalachia Region Planning that covered 13 counties. He served as Tri-County Community Council treasurer. He was also a member of the Caryville Council on Aging. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Caryville for many years. Mr. & Ms. Phillips are two of the original members of Spirit Filled Church of God in Christ. They have faithfully served there for the past 63 years. Mr. Phillips is a dedicated deacon in the church that he loves, under the leadership of Pastor Tony Howard. He enjoys fishing, gardening, and spending time with family. A drive-by birthday celebration will be held in his honor at his residence on Sunday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m..