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Howard Claiborne Phillips

August 8, 1942 — February 13, 2022

Howard Claiborne Phillips

Howard Claiborne “H.C.” Phillips, Sr. of Halifax, VA passed away February 13, 2022.  He was born in Halifax County, VA on August 8, 1942 and was 79 years of age. He was the son of the late Henderson Lucas Phillips and the late Virgie Hall Phillips. He was married to Mary R. Phillips who survives.


He was a member of Beth Car Church and volunteered over 60 years with the Halifax Volunteer Fire Department.  He taught Auto Mechanics at Halifax County High School for 24 years.


H.C. Phillips is survived by:

His Wife of 53 years

Mary R. Phillips of Halifax

His Children

Howard Phillips, Jr and wife Kelly of Halifax

Debbie Mitchell and husband J.R. of Richmond

Kim Conner and husband Charles of South Boston

Brittany Irby and husband Buddy of Halifax

Eight Grandchildren

Great Grandchildren

One Brother

Luke Phillips and wife Linda of Rocky Mount, NC


***Preceded in death by***

One Daughter

Wendy Newbill


Arlene Woody


A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at Beth Car Baptist Church with the Rev. Reggie Warren officiating and Dan Spangler giving the eulogy.


For memorials, please consider Halifax Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 513, Halifax, VA  24558.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592. 

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Memorial Service

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Beth Car Baptist Church

25 Church St, Halifax, VA 24558

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