Harold R. Phillips

July 22, 1941 ~ November 16, 2021 (age 80)


Phillips, Harold R. age 80 passed away in his home on November 16th, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

 He is preceded in death by his son Mike, parents Ina Ray and James Phillips, and brother David Phillips.

Harold is survived by his loving wife Carol, son Buddy (Heather) Phillips, daughter Kelly (Dan) Fosnot, daughter Kim (Jeremiah) Adams, and daughter Kori (Dave) Rigo. Grandchildren: KC, Aly (Brandon), Sam, Abigail, Kaleb, Ben, Annabelle, Evelyn, Margaret, Roxy, Shep and great-grandson Leo.

Harold was born July 22, 1941 in Cookeville Tennessee. As a teenager, Harold moved to Dayton where he met Carol, the love of his life.  This past March they celebrated 61 years of marriage.  Harold proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.  After, he became a Real Estate Professional, eventually owning his own Brokerage. His profession was his hobby as he loved renovating houses, and continued working until the last weeks of his life.  A lifelong Christian, Harold was a member of both the Cookeville Baptist Church and Huber Heights First Baptist Church.  Harold had great friends with whom he loved running around town, stopping at their favorite breakfast places.

Harold was a dedicated father who never missed a sporting event, school event, or any activities in which his children were involved. Affectionately known as the “Question Man,” he was always curious about the particulars of their day, asking about every detail.  Those questions will be forever missed.  Never short on advice, “Save your money,” “Character is what we do when no one is watching,” “Slow down” and “The truth will set you free” are just some of his favorite sayings that he passed on to his kids on repeat.  

Harold was a beloved grandfather known as “Papa.” He was a constant presence in their lives, attending every event and milestone. Some of his favorite things to do with his grandkids were tractor rides, trips to Speedway- given free rein for snacks and allowing them the occasional lottery ticket, and letting them rummage through all of his random odds and ends.  Harold especially loved watching them compete in their many sporting events, always at the field or in the gym.

He sacrificed every day for his family, never wanting for himself and always giving. More than anything, we will miss his quick wit, his constant humor, and will forever be heartbroken.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 PM at FRINGS AND BAYLIFF FUNERAL HOME; 327 W. Main St., Tipp City, Ohio 45371, funeral will be the following day Friday, November 19, 2021 at the funeral home at 1:30 PM. Burial with military honors following the service at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery, 8135 N Dixie Dr, Dayton, OH 45414. Online condolences may be expressed at


November 18, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home
327 West Main St
Tipp City, OH 45371

Funeral Service
November 19, 2021

1:30 PM
Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home
327 West Main St
Tipp City, OH 45371

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