Shelbyville Legislator, Attorney Dies

Clarence W. “Pete” Phillips Jr., a Tennessee state legislator representing Lincoln County for 30 years, died last week in Shelbyville. The son of Bedford County Judge Clarence Waters Phillips, he earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and went on to serve as president of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Bar Association. In the legislature, he served as chairman of the House Calendar and Rules Committee and the Commerce Committee’s Utilities and Banking Subcommittee. Among his many accomplishments were the expansion of the Murfreesboro Highway from Shelbyville to Rutherford County, securing funding for the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy and the creation of the Shelbyville-Tullahoma Bypass. Funeral services were held Saturday. The Elk Valley Times has more on his life.