Phillip Earl Haley, 69, of Greenbrier, Tennessee, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at the Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.
He was born April 16, 1951, to Robert Lester and Emma Lou Jackson, the 10th child to sharecroppers in Cedar Hill, Tennessee. He was raised on a farm in Russellville, Kentucky, and learned the value of hard work from milking cows to mowing yards. He graduated from Adairville High School in Adairville, Kentucky, in 1969, and received his electrician license from Russ Vocational School in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was a journeyman and held a Master Electrical License in Kentucky. He was a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, where he volunteered as unofficial maintenance man, adding new lighting throughout the church and installing security cameras and LED light accents. He was similarly generous with family and friends. He married Patricia Ann Edwards on May 24, 2003, at Barren River State Park in Glasgow, Kentucky. He was employed as an electrical technician for Tyson Fresh Meats, retiring on Aug, 1, 2020 after 17 years service. He had previously worked as maintenance supervisor for BathFitter in Madison, Tennessee, for All American Homes in Springfield, Tennessee, Knight Electric in Russellville and for Kendall Corporation in Bowling Green. He was a problem solver and an inventor. He and his wife loved to fish, especially on their pontoon boat, and spent much time at Lake Malone State Park near Dunmore, Kentucky. They also took their grandkids fishing. He also enjoyed hunting, mowing and other yard work.
Survivors include his wife of Greenbrier and formerly of Switzerland County, Indiana; his children, Phillip Bruce Haley and Christina Blake, both of Auburn, Kentucky, Steven Shuler of Exeter, California, David Shuler of Franklin, Kentucky and Daniel Shuler of Seymour, Indiana; four sisters, Betty Sheldon and Martha Jane White, both of Springfield, Barbara Hyams of Russellville and Gracie Hyde of Greenbrier; two brothers, Ernest Haley of Oakville, Kentucky and Jerry Haley of Russellville; and 24 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Robert Haley and stillborn brother Lester Haley Jr.; two sisters, Frances Balance and Emma Laura Haley; and two nieces.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, Indiana. Visitation is 11 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the funeral home. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks and social distancing are both required.
Funeral Services in Tennessee will be at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier. Visitation is 2 p.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.