Longtime Clay County EMS Member Jimmy Philpott will be laid to rest Saturday.
Philpott died Monday at the age of 80. Mayor Dale Reagan said Philpott’s 40 some years of service played an instrumental role in where the county stands today.
“First thing that comes to mind when I think about Jimmy is wanting to help others,” Reagan said. “He is constantly always being there. Whether it be he was taking someone to Nashville on an ambulance. He always made sure if it was a family in need that he didn’t want to leave them down there empty handed. He always had compassion for everyone.”
Philpott was one of the first EMTs in the county and served as director for a few years. After retirement, Philpott continued has service on the county’s senior center board.
“When he retired, he really didn’t retire,” Reagan said. “He was constantly always there to lend a helping hand. Whether it be to take a truck to have it serviced or if they needed more help on a unit if they were short handed.”
Reagan said he had the privilege of growing close to Philpott over his time as a fire fighter and mayor.
“During my tenure as county mayor, Jimmy has always been an instrumental in every new ambulance that we ordered for the ambulance service,” Reagan said. “We always got his input on them, and he would always gave his opinion on the particular type of ambulance that would serve the citizens the best.”
Philpott’s life extended more than just a service man to Clay County. Philpott was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
“Great family man. He loved his family dearly,” Reagan said. “He was a great man of faith and certainly loved his EMS family. I think I can speak for everyone else. He is going to be missed and was certainly loved by all.”