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Edward Carlton Phillips, Sr. was born September 20, 1960 in Cincinnati ,Ohio.* He was the third born son to the union of Elisha(deceased) and Mattie Ruth (Brown) Phillips.
Edward at a young age joined Union Baptist Church under the pastorage of the late Wilbur Allen Page being baptized at the historic Union Baptist Church at Richmond and Mound streets. As a youngster he was guided by dedicated Sunday School teachers to understand that *God is, our heavenly Father and Jesus, God's son, is* our friend and Savior of sinful souls. His parents reinforced what he learned in Sunday School by example and family devotions. A lover of music; he sang in the Youth choir, the Male Chorus and Word of Life choirs.
Growing up in the Evanston area and attending Evanston Elementary he was given the nickname of "Pookie". When the family moved to Kennedy Heights, he attended Kennedy Heights Elementary, where he became active in gymnastics. Around this time Edward and a few of his friends formed the group Psychedelic Five and enjoyed brief stardom singing around Cincinnati along with being featured on the Nick Clooney show on television. Ed continued his education at Schroder Jr. High School then went on to Aiken Sr. High where he took an interest in Auto Mechanics graduating in 1979. Edward honed his skills in Lima Ohio, attending Northwestern Technical College and receiving an associate degree in Auto Diesel Mechanics.
Edward left Ohio after graduating from Lima and moved to San Diego California, where he worked as auto diesel mechanic for the San Diego Police Department consequently opening his own car detail shop, Ed's Car Wash.
He returned to Cincinnati after 10 years to witness the birth of his son Edward Carlton Phillips, II with Vicky Allen. He was also instrumental in the life of Vicky's son Adrian and was like a father to him.
Through a chance meeting while visiting a friend he met his wife Lyda and after a couple years passed, they married in 2001 had 19 ½ years of marriage filled with love and joy and adventure until he passed away.
Edward continued his career with his home restoration company New Image Properties while working at the Gamble Nippert YMCA in charge of their maintenance department.
As Ed matured in Christian faith, he felt a call to become a Deacon, after being set aside and studying he was ordained in November of 2018.
The greatest joy in Edwards life were his son Edward II and his precious grandchildren, Ra'Aira, Elijah and Ra'Myah. He and Lyda loved bringing them to Children's Church to learn about God's word.
Edward is survived by his mother, Mattie Ruth Phillips; his wife Lyda; his son Edward Carlton Phillips II; stepson Michael Johnson; brothers Brent (Pamela); Darrell (Robin); Trevor (Karla); grandchildren, Ra'Aira Phillips; Elijah Phillips and Ra'Myah Phillips; nieces Kamillah Connolly; Lauren Phillips and Morgan Phillips; nephews Phillip Connolly; Darrell , Austin Phillips and Trevor Phillips Jr. and longtime childhood friends Stefan Miller and Kevin Richardson a great host of family and friends.


Thank you for endless love
That will help me through each day
And thank you for the
That will never fade away
You are the man I loved
And was proud to be your wife.
And everyday in some small way,
I will celebrate your life.
As long memories last,
You will stay in my heart,
Your loving wife.


The family of Deacon Edward Carlton Phillips, Sr would like to acknowledge all calls, cards and expressions of love and concern towards us. We do not take your kindness for granted please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers during this time.