Gerald Stephen ‘Steve’ Phillips



GERALD STEPHEN ‘STEVE’ PHILLIPS, 62, went to his heavenly home, Sunday, July 1, 2018 in Bristol, Tenn., after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Oneonta on Aug. 9, 1955, the son of Rufus and Lydia (Robbins) Phillips. He graduated from Sylacauga High School, and The University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication/ media studies and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

He was a well-known figure to the television sports world. He worked for WVTM in Birmingham before moving to WKRN in Nashville. He was co-host and producer of This Week in Country Music on The Nashville Network before joining WBIR in Knoxville as sports director and anchor. As the Sports Guy, Steve was a familiar face to television audiences in all three cities. He was known for his humor, gentle spirit and love of all sports. Upon retiring from sports broadcasting he joined the Master Dry Team in Knoxville as a concrete specialist. Steve was a member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville where he served as a member of the choir, prayer team, and men’s Bible study. Steve has always said his greatest legacy is his testimony. His unwavering faith and trust in God’s will for his life has been an inspiration to all those who have followed his journey.

Steve is survived by his “angel on earth” and fiancé, Jane Graham Morrell of Bristol, Tenn., brothers Harold Phillips, Larry (Vernell) Phillips, Bruce Phillips, Ken (Karen) Phillips, and sister Kay (Bob) Gordon, all of Oneonta. Extended family includes aunt Ozell Robbins and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by parents, grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John B. Robbins and Mr. and Mrs. James M. Phillips, brother Willard Phillips, sisters-in-law Barbara Phillips and Dean Phillips, and nephew Vince Phillips.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. on July 8 at Sevier Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville, Dr. Hollie Miller officiating. An additional celebration of life service was held at First Baptist Church Oneonta at 2 p.m. on July 10 with a private burial at Oak Hill Cemetery.

The family extends gratitude to Dr. Katherine Peters and her team at Duke’s Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Institute, Dr. Edwin McElroy and his team at Wellmont Kingsport Cancer Center and countless friends and family.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Gifts, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services directed. Online condolences may be registered at