Mr. Phil Wayne "Scooter" Phillips Obituary

  • Mr. Phil Wayne
    In Loving Memory of

    Mr. Phil Wayne "Scooter" Phillips

    Birth Date: Mar 31st, 1932 Death Date: Mar 18th, 2016
    A Celebration of Life Service for P. W. "Scooter" Phillips will be held at 3:00 pm on Monday, March 21, 2016, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Henderson, Texas, with Pastor David Higgs officiating under the direction of Crawford - A. Crim Funeral Home.

    Family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00 pm Sunday at the funeral home.

    Mr. Phillips passed away Friday morning, March 18. He was born March 31, 1932 to W. C. and Clara Phillips in Gladewater and lived in Henderson since 1958.

    Scooter graduated from London High School in 1950 and attended Baylor University. He was employed with Humble Oil and Refining Company, served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and the United States Army Reserve. He was accepted into the Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite in 1956. Prior to his retirement in 2002, one could always find Scooter at his desk at Preston Insurance Agency, where he was employed by Mr. E. M. Preston and Billy Preston since 1958.

    He was a member of First Baptist Church since 1958. Accepted into the Lion’s Club in 1959, Scooter was the best sugar pack thrower until his recent illness. Scooter joined the Henderson Volunteer Fire Department in 1959, served for the next 36 years in that organization, for 33 years as its Safety Officer, and honored in 1985 as Outstanding Volunteer Fire Fighter by the members. He was a member of and involved with the Rusk County Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a ministry volunteer at Bradshaw Prison in Henderson.

    One of Scooter’s most cherished friendships was that with Bill W. since September 17, 1972.

    In addition to his parents, Scooter was predeceased by his first daughter, Cathy.

    Survivors include his "first wife" of 63 years, Patsy Phillips, who was his junior high and high school sweetheart, daughters Carol Harris and husband Jerry of Henderson, Connie Little and husband Randy of Tyler, and Colleen Briggs and husband Ron of Coppell. He cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Eva "Muffin" Stagner and husband Bryan and their sons Ranger and Ryder, Elisabeth Arnold and husband Scott and their daughter Caroline, Phillip Seelbach, Brandi Harris, Rebecca Little, Katie Little, Alex Briggs, and Collin Briggs. He is also survived by his brother, Bob Phillips and wife Dorothy of Quitman along with several nieces and nephews.

    Honorary pallbearers are members of First Baptist Church Adult 7 Men’s Class, Henderson Volunteer Firemen, and members of the Strong-Hurt Pharmacy Coffee Club.

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