Floral 11

Clayborne Phillips

June 8, 1945 ~ January 11, 2022 (age 76)


Clayborne Leon "Gus" Phillips, age 76, took flight earning his eternal wings on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at Tennova Healthcare-Cleveland, TN.  He professed a love for Christ at an early age and joined Watson Chapel AME Zion Church in Charleston, TN.  He would later join Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, TN.

Clayborne's passions in life were helping others and cooking. His actions were aligned with a true servant's heart!  He loved to barbecue and as the owner of the P&P Club; he became known for his signature burger "The Gussie."  For several years, he barbecued and ran Tri-State Exhibition Concession along with the Social 6 Couples Group.  Other enjoyment came when watching his grandchildren play sports and going fishing. After working with Tony Loftis, who was like a brother, he owned Phillips Painting and Decorating for over 35 years.  

Gus loved and protected his family and his family returned the same in a tremendous way. Tasha "Punkin," who was her daddy's keeper; always was there to do for him.  From the moment Antonio entered this world, Paw Paw kept and protected him.  JaShawn and JaMaya were under his protective shield as he help to raise them as his own.  

Clayborne, affectionately known as Gus and lovingly called Paw Paw, will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by his family and friends. 
Preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Ola Phillips; brothers, Bill, Bobby, Kent and Glen Albert Phillips and sisters, Eula Dean Elliott and Carrie Bell Green.

Left to cherish his memory, his wife of 46 years, Sophia Miller Phillips; four children, Dwayne Lamont and Tasha Nicole Phillips, both of Cleveland, TN, Stephanie Phillips of Charleston, TN and Joshua (Ashley) Phillips of Whitwell, TN; grandchildren, "Paw Paw's grands," Matthew, Antonio, JaShawn, JaMaya, Michael, Jaya, Jalicia, Anna, Tristan and Teya; foster daughter, Erica Lynn Lovelace; sister, Sarah Louise Tucker of Medina, OH; mother-in-law, Helen Miller; sister-in-law, Angela (Kevin) Thorton; brother-in-law, Carlton LeBron (Terri) Miller; special nephew, Jimmy Goldston, who was raised as his brother, and several other nephews, nieces and friends; God-brother, Atty. James F. Logan; God-daughters, Ebonee Sharp and Nekita Blair; God-son, Brice Sharp; special friends, Willie L. Brice, Milo "Big Dog" Ware, Denise "Hot Rod" Jordan, Maria "Mary Jane" Whaley and special neighbors, Carlotta Ware and Zell and Linda Fields.  

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, the body may be viewed from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Patton Funeral Home Chapel, 265 Fair Street SE, Cleveland, TN.  Social distancing and face coverings required.  Flowers may be delivered during viewing hours.  

Thursday, January 20, 2022, a public walkthrough is scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 799 Inman Street E, Cleveland, TN.  Social distancing and face coverings required.  A funeral service will follow for immediate family and close friends.  Reverend Edward S. Robinson, Sr. will officiate.  Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Cleveland, TN.  Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD and Jo Ann Williams, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com

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