William 'Bill' Phillips


William "Bill" Phillips, age 72, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019 in Jacksonville.
Bill was born August 18, 1946 in Longview to Lowell Travis Phillips, Sr. and Ona Bell (Gillis) Phillips,
Mr. Phillips was a handyman extraordinaire. He spent a lifetime being a farm and rancher and was machinist owner-operator of Phillips Tool and Die in Jacksonville. Bill was also a member of the "Perfect Husband Club," verified by his wife.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Lowell Travis Phillips, Jr.; and niece Mary B. Phillips.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Susan Phillips of Jacksonville; daughters, Mycha Ferguson and husband Lee of Jacksonville, and Sheri Flynn and husband Michael of Elkhart; son Robert Lane and wife Tina of Rusk; grandchildren: Christopher and Elisha Green and Michael and Morgan Green, Troy and Savannah Sanders, Corbin Lane, Daniel Lane, Noah Lane, Jonah Lane, Joshua Ferguson; Jenifer Ferguson, Sidney Heyman, Mikayla Flynn, Alexis Flynn, and Rachel Flynn; great-grandchildren: Jovilyn Green, Mylla Green, and Isabelle Green; sister-in-law (and second mother) Alice Phillips of Austin; nephews (more like brothers) Travis R. Phillips, Tim Phillips and wife Joy; great-nephews, Travis J. Phillips, Christopher Phillips; and great-niece, Elizabeth Phillips
Visitation will begin on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 and friends are cordially invited to visit with Bill's family from 6 to 8 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
A funeral service is scheduled at 11 o'clock in the morning Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Tyler Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Pastor Daniel Allen will officiate. Mr. Phillips will be laid to rest at Still Waters Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Christopher Green, Michael Flynn, Michael Green, Travis J. Phillips, Joshua Ferguson, Christopher Phillips, Lee Ferguson, and Troy Sanders. Honorary pallbearers are Travis Phillips and Tim Phillips.
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Don Kilfoyle
Aug 31, 2019
The last time I saw Bill, I had to do a double take as he looked so much like his father, Lowell Sr. Looking at his picture in the news, I still have the same impression. Bill (aka Billy) and I grew up together. We were born 2 months apart and lived on Young St (Longview) with only one house between us. We both had much older brothers, who were usually off doing their own thing. Virtually everyday after school and all summer long we played together - sports, board games, kite flying, swimming, tree climbing. Fireworks were plentiful & cheap in the 1950s and we blew up our share. When we were about 10yrs old, his parents bought a farm in Glenwood and moved out of Longview. From then on, I... frequently spent weekends with Bill on his farm and longer during summers. His father worked at the Olds-Cadillac dealer on Green St and I would ride with him on Fridays after work. Bill always had farm chores to do & I joined in. The only time I milked a cow was on the Phillips farm. They had a large hen house & gathering eggs was a daily task. When work ended during the summer, we headed to the pond to cool off. There was a diving platform in the middle of the pond & we jumped off it with great fun. Bill could do a flip with ease, however I never mastered the trick. Bill was quite the athlete. He could throw the most beautiful spiral football - something else I could not master. That is the reason he played quarterback at jr high. I played guard. In 1961 after his father passed, we went on a trip. My mother had relatives in California, so together with Bill’s mom we all headed westward. We hit all the tourist stops along the way, Bill-the-Kid’s territory, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, Knot’s Berry Farm, Disneyland, San Diego Zoo. We spent a couple of days on the beach between LA & San Diego where my mom’s relatives had a trailer. I’m sure we at least attempted to swim in the cold Pacific waters. During the time from 1957 to 1960, there was a popular tv show about Tombstone AZ, so that was a must stop on the way home. Bill always told me that was the best vacation he ever had. Bill’s mom had to sell the farm. For a short period, they moved back to Longview, then to Panola county & Carthage. Thereafter, we seldom saw each other. After high school, I lived outside of Longview, but eventually returned. Over the last ~5 yrs, I visited Bill & Susan several times at their Jacksonville farm. In hindsight, I wish it had been more often. Bill was the best friend I ever had. I will miss him.Read more