Phillip Benton

Phillip Isadore "Red" Benton, 52, of Chattanooga, passed away in Atlanta. He attended Chattanooga City High School where he was very active. He sang in the school choir under the direction of the late Lee Norris Mackey and was the first black drum major. He graduated in 1979 at the top of his class. Phillip attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he studied Nursing. He was the first black male cheerleader on scholarship. Phillip was formerly employed by Memorial and Erlanger Hospitals as a Certified Nursing Assistant. He had also been employed by several healthcare facilities in the surrounding areas. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Eddie Benton. Survivors include his loving mother and caretaker, Annie Lee Benton Borkman; brothers, E. Terry (Lana), Joe Z. (Maxie), Dewayne, and devoted brother, Arthur Pierce Benton Sr.; sister, Letha (Randell) High, all of Chattanooga; stepsisters, Sylvia Harper and Gloria Price both of Chattanooga; a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Visitation is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. today at Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at n3 p.m. Saturday in the chapel with Brother John R. Taylor Sr. as the eulogist.

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