October 4, 1931 ~ June 3, 2020

Born in: Allen County, Kentucky
Resided in: Henderson , KY

Gilbert Allen Phillips, 88, of Henderson passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at his home. He was born in Allen County, Kentucky on October 4, 1931 to Herschel Edward and Mae Allen Phillips. Gilbert graduated from Franklin-Simpson High School, and was the co-captain of the football team his senior year. He went on to attend WKU and Eastern Kentucky University. Gilbert served in the United States Navy as 2nd Class Petty Officer. In Korea, he was awarded 6 combat ribbons with 2 Silver Stars and the Unit Presidential Citation and served in an Amphibious Assault Group, Pacific Fleet. He served seventeen years with K.S.P., seven and a half of those years as a sergeant. Gilbert was awarded the Kentucky State Police Medal for bravery. At one point, Gilbert was the first awarded for shooting a perfect score in an FBI combat pistol match, which may or may not still hold to this day.

Along with his parents, Gilbert was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Hundley Phillips.

Gilbert is survived by his children, Bonnie (Tony) Drury, of Henderson, Stoney (Laura) Phillips, of Brownsville, Jama Statts, and Jeff (Stacy) Benningfield both of Owensboro; and his grandchildren, Justina Drury & Christopher Phillips.

Services will be 10:30 am Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Sts. Joseph and Paul Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Sorgho Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:00 am to 10:00 am Saturday at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Phillips. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Gilbert Allen Phillips and sign his virtual guest book by going to

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  1. Bonnie, you pr dad was a great man and mentor to many. Nothing said can remove the pain that you must be feeling at the time of his passing. Take comfort in that he had a positive influence on many lives in the thin gray line and will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  2. Fleet Reserve Association Tri-State Branch #105
    C/o 4100 Kipling Drive
    Owensboro, Kentucky 42303-7220

    In recognition of Gilbert Allen Phillips’
    honorable service to the United States of America, and the United States Navy; We extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country, and the USN.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

    In Loyalty, Protection, and Service, The Shipmates of Branch #105

  3. Gilbert was my buddy and I well remember the time we worked together in the KSP at Post 3. He was a great man.

  4. Gilbert was my buddy. I well remember the years we served together at KSP Post 3 in Bowling Green. I also remember when he left the KSP. He was a great man.

  5. To the family: Our sympathy to the entire family of Gilbert Phillips. What a wonderful legacy he has left for his children and grandchildren. Our Dad, Thixton Horn former KSP thought fondly of Gilbert. May God continue to offer you comfort during this difficult time of loss.
    Cindy and Freddy Horn & Carolyn and Bobby Bridges

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