Unexpectedly, Army veteran Ricky Leander Phillips passed gone. Blount County Veterans Affairs has announced his death via an internet statement. At the time of publication, the details of his death had not been made public.
Blount County Veterans Affairs stated, “We are saddened to discover that Army Veteran Ricky Leander Phillips recently passed away.”
“On October 31, 1958, Ricky was born in Blount County, Tennessee. He was up in Louisville, Tennessee, and he earned his high school diploma from Everett in 1976. In May 1981, Ricky enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He spent 12 years in the Tennessee Army National Guard’s Company A, Howitzer Battery, 278th ACR.
He worked in the National Guard as a Cannon Crew Member and Motor Transport Operator. In April 1993, Ricky obtained an honorable discharge. At Louisville Point, Ricky worked for Blount County Parks & Recreation. He founded the “Soldiers in Need” charity and was actively involved with American Legion Post 13.
On June 6, 2022, Ricky sadly passed away. Age-wise, he was 63. The Tuckaleechee United Methodist Church Cemetery is where he was buried. We offer his family our deepest sympathies. Ricky’s service in the Tennessee Army National Guard made us incredibly proud. Peace be upon him.
His family is receiving condolences and tributes for his passing from friends, coworkers, government officials, and veterans. Everyone will sincerely miss him.