(1887 - 1960)
Biographical Sketch On The
Life Of H.M. Phillips
H.M. Phillips was
born March 9, 1887 in Cainsville, Tennessee. He was baptized at the age of
seventeen by L.A. Johnson in 1904. He was married to the Nell C. Crow May
19,1909. They adopted two children, Margaret Anne and Joseph Larimore.
Phillips attended National Teachers Normal Business College (Later known
as Freed-Hardeman University) in Henderson, Tennessee sitting at the feet
of men such as A.G. Freed. Later he attended Nashville Bible School (Later
known as Lipscomb University) under the tutelage of
A. Harding, and Dr. James S. Ward. He also attended Vanderbilt University
and Chattanooga University, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
He began preaching in
November 1907 in Nashville, Tennessee. He preached in churches in over 16
states, District Of Columbia and Canada in his lifetime. He preached for
eight different churches in the Nashville area, and seven churches outside
that area. He preached for the church in Miami, Florida from 1917-1919.
Then he worked in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Later he went to St. Elmo Church in
Chattanooga, Tennessee from 1921-1923. In the 1940s he worked with the
Lischey Avenue Church in Nashville, Tennessee, 1947-1951. Other churches
in the Nashville area he served included, Lawrence Ave., Twelfth Ave.,
Grandview Heights, Waverly Bellmont, Park Ave., Shelby Ave., Wingate,
Joywood, Rosebank, and Crieve Hall. In his preaching career every
congregation he preached for had not previously had a full-time worker
except one. He established eight congregations in the Nashville area, and
two outside the Nashville area.
He wrote articles for numerous
papers, Gospel Advocate, Apostolic Times, Christian
Leader, Truth In Love, Word Of Truth, Gospel
Broadcast, Firm Foundation and others. He wrote the book, Way
Of Righteousness, Hermitage Printing Co., 1943. He was involved in twelve
debates over the course of his lifetime, all with Baptists. Just to
mention a couple, The Phillips-Spencer Debate on “Baptism, Operation Of
The Holy Spirit, & Apostasy,” in 1915. Then in 1937 he was involved
in the Phillips-Gregory Debate on, “The Establishment of The Church,
Baptism, & Apostasy.”
Phillips used the radio
extensively in his evangelistic outreach. He spoke on WMAK, WKDA, &
WNAH in Nashville, Tennessee. He also spoke on radio programs in Columbia,
Tennessee and in Steubenville West Virginia. He did much mission work in
his lifetime, involving many tent meetings. He also taught school for four
years, one of which was at Western Bible and Literary College, Odessa,
He was still involved in
full-time church work at New Smyrna Beach, Florida when he passed from
this life, July 1, 1960 at the age of 73 years, 3 months, 22 days.
- Most Of The Information For
This Bio Sketch Came From Preachers Of Today, ed. Baxter and Young, GA,
Nashville, Tennessee, Volume 1, page 288; Volume 2 Page 342
Signature of H.M. Phillips
Courtesy of Terry J. Gardner, 04.2010
Location Of The Grave Of H.M.
Cemetery is located behind the 100 Oaks Shopping Center that faces I-65
just before the I-440 Interchange. From 100 Oaks travel east on Thompson
Lane and turn right at the first entrance to Woodlawn's South Side Park
(across from main part of cemetery). Pass the first section (Bluegrass)
and continue to the next section on the right (Hillcrest). Park in front
of the Hillcrest sign and travel due west from the sign toward trees that
separate the cemetery from 100 Oaks. The Phillips are in Lot 296, maybe 13
to 15 rows back from the Hillcrest sign, perhaps slightly to the left.
While there be sure to visit the grave of Hall
Laurie Calhoun, just seven rows back to the north, and turn right
(back to the east).
GPS: N 36º 06' 35.1" x
WO 86º 45' 43.5"
Accuracy To Within 21ft
Graves Facing East
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