Phillips belonged to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and worked with touring shows at numerous other venues across the region, including Legion Field, the BJCC and City Stages. On large productions he normally worked as a forklift driver, but had a deep understanding of all aspects of production and mentored countless people entering the trade.
Phillips died in a single-car accident in Cullman County and is buried at Sandlin Family Cemetery near Bremen.
- Garrison, Greg (April 6, 2014) "Legendary stage hand 'Eagle' lived and worked at rock concert venues." The Birmingham News