I suspect this Phillips may be related to my James Oscar Phillips, Sr., born in 1866. He was in the Hawkins County 1900 census. He began a law firm called "Phillips & Hale", which is still run by his grandsons. He was still alive in 1948, though his wife Celeste Nannette Thomas had died by then. They had 4 daughters and a son. J.O. Jr was born in Rogersville in 1910, died 1977.
I'm looking for any further info on Sr - I have no idea where he was born, or who his parents were. I'm told he used to take my mother to a farm near Rutledge TN, that she remembers as the "Rucker Farm".