Phillip Lightner, Sr. passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital after a lingering illness.
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He worked 12 years in Water and Forestry Service for the State of Pennsylvania, before moving to Tennessee. He was a retiree of Bays Mountain Park having served as Nature Interpretative Center director/curator for 26 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. A talented carver and artist whose work has been displayed in The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC as well as various shops and galleries in Gatlinburg, TN. Phillip is survived by his wife of 31 years, Blanche, sons; Phillip, Jr. (Rhondia) and Mark, daughters; Robin (Jim), Mary Meehan (Tom), Tammy and the mother of his children, Shirley. Grandchildren are Phillip III (Lindsey), Victoria Lightner, Justin and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by one brother Richard “Dick” Lightner (Lynne).
The family would like to express appreciation to all who prayed and to Ballad/Wellmont doctors and staff for their help and kindness during this sad and difficult time.
Service will be private. Phillip’s favorite charity was Life Outreach International, P.O. Box 982000, Fort Worth, Texas 76182-8000 (clean water wells for the children of Africa). “Those who give one of these little ones a cup of cold water because they are my followers will truly get their reward.” Matt. 10:42