Clayton E. Phillips, 79, of Grafton, passed away in University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, Thursday, June 12, 2014, following a short battle with cancer. He was born November 25, 1934, in Pipestem, West Virginia and lived in the Grafton area since 1955.
He was a member of the North Eaton Baptist Church and retired from Ford Motor Company in Brookpark, where he worked for 35 years. He was also a member of the Local UAW. Clayton was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved coaching Hotstove Baseball. He also enjoyed wood working, golfing, going back to West Virginia and his John Deere tractor.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margaret (nee Cochran); his daughter, Yvonne (Eric) Moen of North Ridgeville; sons, Michael (Monica) Phillips of Grafton, Ron (Denise) Phillips of Grafton and Russell Phillips of South Carolina. Survivors also include 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Sue (J.W.) Howell of Princeton, West Virginia, Mildred Hazelwood of North Carolina; and his brother, Jerry Lee Phillips of West Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Hazel (nee Lilly) Phillips; and his sister, Dorothy Jean Wingfield. Friends may call Monday, June 16, 2014, from 5 until 8 P.M., in the Blackburn-Duke Funeral Home, 1021 Main St., Grafton. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 11 A.M., in the North Eaton Baptist Church, 12109 Reed Rd., Grafton, with Pastor Stephen Carter officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or to the church.