Thomas O. Phillips, a.k.a Joe Cool, of Riverdale, went to home to the Lord on January 4, 2019, at 63 years young. He lost his battle at Southern Regional Hospital to heart related complications after suffering a massive heart attack. Thomas was born Wednesday April 27, 1955 in Dayton Ohio to Thomas and Christine Phillips. Following his graduation from Colonel White High school, Thomas embarked on a number of exhilarating and life changing experiences including marrying his high school sweetheart, Gloria, pursuing his dream of becoming a police officer, and starting a family. After fulfilling his career ambition of working in law enforcement as both a corrections officer for the Dayton Police department and as a Special Peace Officer for Miami Valley Hospital, Thomas and family relocated to Atlanta. In Atlanta, Thomas continued his affinity for hospital work in a new career as a surgical tech for both Emory Midtown Hospital (then Crawford Long) and Dunwoody Shallowford Hospital for more than 20 years. An avid learner and devoted provider for his wife and four children, Thomas procured a wide variety of skills and talents working and serving as an electrician, a commercially certified licensed driver, and an apartment maintenance technician. Thomas is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gloria Phillips; his 90 years young mother; Christine M. Phillips; siblings, Teresa Franklin, Doretha Malone, and Danita Phillips; children, Latanya High, Thomas Phillips jr., Terri Jones, and Timothy Phillips; grandchildren, Gregory Phillips, Sequoyah Phillips, Aisha Phillips, Mary High, Julius “Baby J” High, Joie Phillips, Daniel Phillips, Annaliese Phillips, Matteo Thomas Phillips, Eliyah Phillips, Andrew Jones, Timothy “TJ” Phillips, Anthony Phillips, and Anisha Phillips; five great grandchildren and many many in-laws, cousins, and friends.