A letter to the Ennis Electric family:

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm that one of our own, Brad Phillips, has passed away.

Many of us having been following the Gatlinburg wildfires, sending our thoughts and prayers to all in Tennessee. Brad is one of more than 10 confirmed victims.

Brad served in the Army for 20 years and was stationed in Ft. Myer. He also played in the US Army band. When he retired from serving our country, he joined the Ennis Electric family. He completed our four year apprenticeship program and was one of our best journeyman electricians for years. Brad wasn’t just a veteran to us, or just another employee. He was a member of our family.

Brad retired on June 30 of this year and moved to Tennessee soon after. We’ll remember the years we were lucky enough to spend with him, both on the job and off. We’ll remember his talent in his career, and ever-present integrity, but more importantly his joy for life and the love he had for his family. Our hearts go out to his wife, Melanie, and his daughter, Amanda.

Brad’s family would like to say thank you to all from Ennis Electric who have reached out to them during this difficult time.

The family hopes to have a memorial in Maryland after the holidays. We will keep you updated about more concrete information as it becomes available.

In Memory of Brad

Bradley William Phillips, 59, of Pigeon Forge, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016. A native of Alexandria, VA, he and his beloved wife of 35 years, Melanie, fulfilled their dream of living near the mountains of East Tennessee, and relocated in October 2016 to a beautiful home in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

In retirement he looked forward to establishing roots in his new community, sharing his love of music, history, and animals. A gifted musician, he played saxophone in the U.S. Army Band for 21 years, followed by a 16-year career as a licensed electrician with Ennis Electric. He also played the piano and the hammered dulcimer that he hand built using museum drawings.

Brad was a gentle spirit, kind, generous and a caring friend to anyone needing help or a listening ear. He delighted all who knew him with a keen wit and his unforgettably infectious laugh.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Caralyn Phillips of Alexandria, and is survived by his wife, daughter Amanda Phillips-Byram (Matthew), sister Terri Payne (Bill), nieces Laurel Purdy and Cyndi Hudson, and nephews Brent Wood and Jonathon Payne.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Citizens National Bank to the Gatlinburg and Sevier County Relief Fund, 200 Forks of the River Parkway Sevierville, TN 37862 or the Tennessee Volunteers After Disasters, tnvoad.shutterfly.com, are also welcoming donations to support those affected by the East Tennessee fires.

A graveside service is being held at 2PM Thursday, December 8, at Middle Creek Cemetery with military honors provided by American Legion Post #104. Arrangements are in the care of Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville, www.atchleyfuneralhome.com.

 

From Brad’s Family to the Ennis Electric Team 

It’s always incredibly difficult to lose one of our own—we consider each of you more than coworkers and as members of our family. We wanted to let you know how touched Brad’s family was by the outpouring of love and support from each of you. We’ve included a message from Melanie’s sister, Michelle. Thank you all for making a difference during this difficult time.

Words can never express, what happened in my heart, when I stepped out in the hallway, and ALL of you began to identify yourselves as “from Ennis.” I’m sure you could easily see how touched I was by the incredible turn out—and I know my sister was too. It was very healing to see you, hug you, to hear you relate stories of working side-by-side with him. I, too, was treated to stories about some of his jobs/co-workers by Brad himself…he really did consider ALL of you family.

THANKS AGAIN for making a difference.

Fondly,

Michelle