Press Release – Monday, February 12, 2018
A recent resident of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, following a brief encounter with cancer, Stephen A. Phillips departed this life on the evening of February 3, 2018.
The first of five sons, Steve was born on October 25, 1960, to Don and Virginia Phillips in Indianapolis, Indiana. Born with spina bifida, Steve courageously fought many leg surgeries in his early years. With great determination, Steve went on to play high school basketball and graduated from Muncie North High School in 1979.
Steve attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana before pursuing a career in journalism. He excelled in sports coverage, news editing, magazine and journal publications, and feature writing. Steve spent many years covering the Indy 500 and many Pacers games. He was a sports enthusiast, an avid Notre Dame football fan, a master-level chess player, a restorer of fountain pens and an excellent trout fisherman.
Over the past 15 years, Steve lived and worked in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area where he launched and managed several entrepreneurial ventures. Certified in Google Adwords consulting, he was best known as the founder of Purple Trout, LLC, a well-respected search engine optimization firm in Cincinnati in the emerging years of search marketing as an industry. He later moved into app development for iTunes and Google Play, virtual SEO consulting and training on Udemy and e-commerce consulting with Mountain Woods Media, LLC. In August of 2017 – nearing retirement – Steve relocated to the east Tennessee mountains where his illness quickly commanded full attention.
Throughout his entire life, Steve was known for his witty replies, jokes, and quick humor. During his recent medical treatments in Chattanooga, TN, Steve continued to entertain with his personality, puns, and greeted nurses and doctors with fist bumps and sarcastic humor – evoking smiles and laughter from all those around him.
Steve is survived by his fiancée and life partner, Leigh Drake (Cleveland, Tennessee), daughter, Holly Phillips (Austin, Texas), parents, Don and Virginia Phillips (Ringgold, Georgia), brothers, Mark Phillips (Sweetwater, Tennessee), Sam Phillips (Los Angeles, California), Joseph Phillips (Sarasota, Florida), Ben Phillips (Laura – Atlanta, Georgia), several nieces, a nephew, and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
A private cremation service was held Thursday, February 8, 2018 and a public memorial service was held 11-1 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Christ First Church, 1008 N. Beaumont Rd., Ringgold, Ga.
Arrangements were by Covenant Funeral Service, Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga, TN.
Memorials are appreciated toward remaining medical bills or in any progressive arena. In particular, Steve appreciated fostering cats and cat adoptions, scholastic chess, and writing. He was battling a rare and aggressive brain cancer and saw from the front lines how much support was needed in learning more about #greymatters . He was very grateful for unheralded therapists with limited equipment budgets who helped him in his physical therapy support related to his recovery.