Phil Corker

Hamilton County

Robert Phillips Corker, 85, of Signal Mountain, passed away Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at a local health facility after a lengthy illness.Phil grew up in Springfield, S.C. During World War II he enrolled at Clemson University and after completing his freshman year on his 18th birthday, he volunteered for the U.S. Air Force. He trained as a pilot and commissioned as a Lieutenant. After the war, Phil returned to Clemson and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. He was employed by NASA at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia and while at Langley was assigned to the Fourth Fighter Group U.S. Air Force Reserves. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. In 1953 Phil returned to civilian life and was employed by Dupont at the Savannah River Plant, Aiken, S.C. He transferred to the Dupont Chattanooga Plant in 1963. After retiring from Dupont in 1982, Phil was a pilot for his son's construction company, Bencor.Phil was an active member of Signal Crest United Methodist Church and the Interpreters Sunday School Class. For many years he was chairman of the Chattanooga area Clemson Boosters Club, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Dixie Youth baseball coach, a member of Moccasin Bend Flying Club, Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club, and former Mayor of Signal Mountain.Phil loved his family, his church, flying, playing golf, Clemson University, and walking the Appalachian Trail. His positive attitude and contagious enthusiasm will always be remembered.He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean; children, Senator Bob (Elizabeth) Corker, Chattanooga, and Phyllis (Bob) Kiser, Atlanta; grandchildren, Julia Corker and Emily Corker, Chattanooga, and Jean Ann (Steven) Murphy and Tim Kiser, Atlanta; great-grandson, Matthew Murphy, Atlanta.Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Signal Crest United Methodist Church with Pastor Mark Gooden officiating. The family will receive friends 12:30 until service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alexian Health Care, Hospice of Chattanooga, or Signal Crest United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 124, 1005 Ridgeway Avenue, Signal Mountain, TN 37377.A special thanks to Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club dogfight members for making it possible for Phil to play golf during his illness. Also, a heartfelt thanks to the staff at Alexian and Hospice for their loving care.Visit to share words of comfort to the family.Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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