Fallen Hero: LTC William “Scott” Phillips

Columbia, MS

Funeral Home

First Baptist Church of Columbia (gym)

900 High School Ave Columbia, MS 39429


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
5:00-9:00 pm
Thursday, November 2, 2017
11:00 am- 1:00 pm


Thursday, November 2, 2017
1:00 pm


Please contact his brother LTC (Ret) Perry Phillips at 601-270-1234 if additional information is needed.


Mr. William Scott Phillips, 56 of Columbia, Mississippi, took flight to his heavenly home on October 29, 2017, while surrounded by his wife and children.

He was born on June 29, 1961, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He graduated from Hattiesburg High School, the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and also graduated from the Ole Miss School of Law. He moved to Columbia to start his law career and later opened Phillips Law Firm, P. A. He started in the ROTC program while attending Ole Miss and spent over 29 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was a big supporter of the Ole Miss Rebels, a member of the Rotary Club, Marion County Bar Association, Columbia High School Wildcat Football Booster Club, and the Marion County Rebel Club. He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Columbia, serving as a deacon, Sunday School department secretary, and choir member. He also served as Marion County Attorney, from January 2008 till his death.

Scott was a loving son, brother, husband and father. He had his Hattiesburg friends, his Ole Miss friends, and his Columbia friends; and he was fiercely loyal to them all. He was the best friend that anyone could have. When traveling, Scott was known to go completely out of his way to drop in on a friend that he had not seen in a while. He was completely selfless and always put others before himself. He was known as the kind of friend that would drop everything in order to help a friend in need and will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-two years, Dana Bryan Phillips; his daughters Marion Margaret Phillips of Jackson, MS, and Madison Elizabeth Phillips, of Oxford, MS; his son William Scott Phillips, Jr. of Ridgeland, MS. He also leaves behind his parents, Nellie and Forrest Charles Phillips, of Hattiesburg, MS; his brothers Forrest Charles Phillips, Jr. (Pam) of Hattiesburg, MS; Perry Wayne Phillips, (Alana) of Hattiesburg, MS, and his sister Lee Phillips Lawrence (David) of Dallas, TX. He leaves behind several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church Columbia Gymnasium with Dr. Bryant Barnes officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and also on Thursday, November 2, 2017, from 11:00 AM till the time of the service. Both visitations will be at FBC Columbia Gymnasium, 900 High School Avenue, Columbia, MS 39429. Pallbearers will be Tommy Griffin, Ben Tullos, Robert Simmons, Sammy Bell, Richard Whitworth, Monte Manguno, Steve Floyd, Jeff Dungan, Doug McElroy, Baxter White, Steve Carmody, Bruce Walt, Robert Donnell and Jody Varner. Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult III Men’s Sunday School Class and the Marion County Bar Association. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either the Building/Renovation Fund at First Baptist Church Columbia, MS or to the William Scott Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Mississippi. Contributions to the Building/Renovation Fund at First Baptist Church Columbia, MS can be mailed to 900 High School Avenue, Columbia, MS 39429. Contributions to the William Scott Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Mississippi should be made payable to University of Mississippi Foundation for the William Scott Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund and mailed to the UM Foundation, 406 University Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655, or gifts can be made online at www.umfoundation.com/makeagift.

Hathorn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, (601) 731-2000. Friends and family may sign an online guest book at www.hathornfuneralhome.com.