Bill Phillips

Dec 30th, 1932 - Jul 28th, 2021


Rantoul First Baptist Church

Fri, Jul. 30th, 2021 5 pm - 7 pm


Rantoul First Baptist Church

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2021 10:30 am


Maplewood Cemetery

Sat, Jul. 31st, 2021

Bill Phillips

Rantoul – Billy Joe Phillips, 88, of Rantoul passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 5:45 am at his home.

Billy Joe was born on December 30, 1932, of Herrin Illinois to Joe Henry and Hazel (Yates) Phillips.   He married Lorraine Cronin on June 2, 1956, in Herrin Illinois.   She survives of Rantoul. 

Mr. Phillips was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Air Force.   He retired Federal Civil Service from Chanute Air Force Base after thirty-four years of service.   He then worked for Roessler Construction Company as General Manager of Rantoul Truck Equipment.

Mr. Phillips was an active member of Rantoul First Baptist and the Promise Keepers.   He was a member of Masonic Lodge #460 AF & AM, Danville Consistory and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.    He was a past member of the Kiwanis’s Club and enjoyed woodworking. 

Survivors include:

Wife, Lorraine C. Phillips of Rantoul

Daughter, Kendra (Brent) Little of Rantoul

Daughter, Diana (Robert Gray) Phillips-Gray of Tuscola

Grand Children, Jori Noelle Little, Chet (Devon) Little, Chase Little all of Rantoul  

Great Grand Child, Kaiyren Little of Rantoul  

Sisters, Alice Crawford of Herrin, IL, Debbie Hutchens of Herrin

Brothers, Charles (Verla) Baily of Herrin,  James (Gayla) Baily all of Tunnel Hill,

Sister In-Law, Diane Hughes of Marion

Many beloved Nieces and Nephews

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Brody Little (great grandson), Raymond Baily (brother), Wanda (Robert) Jackson (sister), Larry G Hughes (brother In-Law), Ryan Hughes (nephew). 

The funeral service will be Saturday, July 31, at 10:30AM at the Rantoul First Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Dan DeWitt.    Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Rantoul.   Military rites will be performed at graveside.   Visitation will be from 5:00PM – 7:00PM at the church fellowship hall with Masonic Rites being performed at 5:00PM.    Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial donations are suggested to Rantoul First Baptist Harmony Class and envelopes will be available at the church.  For more information or to sign the memorial guest register visit www.hughesfuneralhomes. com.

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5 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Sharon Disney

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 28, 2021

    My deepest sympathy, Diane. Thoughts and prayers for you.

  • Guest: Sheila Jones

    From: Holt, Missouri

    Date: July 28, 2021

    Sending many thoughts and prayers to the family. He was one of my favorite people. My heart is sad for everyone’s loss. RIP Bill see you on the other side.

  • Guest: Georgie

    From: Fisher, Illinois

    Date: July 29, 2021

    KENDRA. I am so sorry about your dad, he was a wonderful, kind, caring man that always everytime I would see him had a big smile on his face. He will truly be missed by all.


    From: Rantoul, Illinois

    Date: July 30, 2021

    Lorraine and Family, My thoughts and prayers to you at this time of loss. Bill will be missed but the memories and his smiles are with us forever.

  • Guest: Kevin & Sandy (Bailey) Klaine

    From: The Villages, Florida

    Date: July 30, 2021

    Our sincere sympathies to Aunt Lorraine, Kendra, Diana & families on the loss of Uncle Bill. Although we didn’t spend a lot of time together, I’ll always have fond memories of his big smile, playful personality & jovial spirit. Rest In Peace.