Harold Edwin “Bear Claw” Phillippi, age 70, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away peacefully at his home in Doe Valley surrounded by family on Friday, October 12, 2018. Harold was born in Mountain City on June 29, 1948 to the late Edwin “Tuck” Phillippi and Mary Virginia Mullins Phillippi. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jim and Bob Phillippi and paternal and maternal grandparents. Harold was a member of Bethany Baptist Church and the Good News Sunday School Class.
Harold was an avid hunter and spent many days and nights in the mountains hunting bear, raccoon, rabbits and deer. He was fond of his bear dogs and enjoyed the hunt as much as taking the animal. He was always willing to take the younger, inexperienced hunter and help them to experience his love of the mountains and hunting. Harold held the Tennessee State record when he checked in a black bear weighting 635 lbs
Harold is survived by his wife of 51 years, Faye Phillippi; two daughters, Lisa and her special friend Donnie and Jaycee Clawson; his mother, Virginia Phillippi; brother, Roby Phillippi and wife Carol; two grandsons, Ethan and Josh Clawson. Also surviving are multiple nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins who have fond memories of him. Sister-in-laws Virginia Manuel & husband Don, June Thomas & Friend Coleman, Ann Skewes & husband Mike, Harold had a special sister-in-law, Mae Matheson, who he entrusted to always be there to help him, Brother-in-law, Doran Swift & Wife Emogene.
He will be remembered by his many friends along with the members of the Doe Valley Sportsman Club, Stoney Creek Hunting Club, as well as many other hunting organizations.
The family will receive friends on Monday, October15, 2018 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Mountain City Funeral Home with the service to follow at 7 p.m. with Pastors Gale Hartley, Spencer Roark and Dean Smith officiating. Music will be provided by the church choir. Pallbearers will be Josh Clawson, Jamie Phillippi, Jeremy Phillippi, Jeff Phillippi, Doug Thomas, Mike Roark, Jerry Roark, Bob Mullins and Blake Phillippi. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Bethany Baptist Church, members of Doe Valley Sportsman Club, Mike Skewes, Dick Johnson, Jason Bryan, Ralph Matheson, Don Manuel, Doran Swift and Jerry Paul Stanberry. The graveside service will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Brookshire Cemetery.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to Lora and Gail with Amedysis Hospice for Harold’s care. Those who wish may send contributions to Bethany Baptist Church Building Fund, 5950 Hwy 67 W, Mountain City, TN 37683. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home, 325 Cross Mountain Road, Mountain City, TN
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mountaincityfh.com. The family of Harold Edwin “Bear Claw” Phillippi has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home located at 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN.