Obituary for Robert Dee Phillips

Robert Dee Phillips

Robert‌ ‌Dee‌ ‌Phillips‌ ‌was‌ ‌born‌ ‌on‌ ‌September ‌15,‌ ‌1949,‌ ‌to‌ ‌Edward‌ ‌and‌ ‌Lilly‌ ‌Phillips‌ ‌in‌ ‌Fullerton,‌ ‌California.‌ ‌He‌ ‌had‌ five‌ ‌siblings,‌ ‌Betty‌ ‌Spangler‌ ‌of‌ ‌Pollack‌ ‌Pines‌, ‌Calif.,‌ ‌Danny‌ ‌Phillips‌ ‌of‌ ‌Grand‌ ‌Rapids‌, ‌Michigan,‌ ‌Elaine‌ ‌Phillips‌ ‌of‌ ‌Laton‌ ‌Calif.,‌ ‌Opal‌ ‌Leasure‌ ‌of‌ ‌Madera‌, ‌Calif.,‌ ‌and‌ ‌Cliff‌ ‌Johnson‌ ‌of‌ ‌Danville‌, ‌Arkansas.‌ ‌

He‌ ‌was‌ ‌preceded‌ ‌in‌ ‌death‌ ‌by‌ ‌his‌ ‌father‌ ‌Edward‌ ‌Phillips,‌ ‌his‌ ‌mother‌ ‌Lilly‌ ‌Phillips‌ ‌and‌ ‌his‌ ‌sister‌ ‌Betty‌ ‌Spangler.‌ ‌ ‌

Robert‌ ‌had‌ ‌five ‌children‌, ‌Tonja,‌ ‌Rebecca,‌ ‌and‌ ‌Zach‌ ‌of‌ ‌New‌ ‌York‌,‌ ‌Moya‌ ‌Reneau‌ ‌of‌ ‌Stiwell, Ok‌lahoma ‌and‌ ‌Ginger‌ ‌Beck‌ ‌of‌ ‌Rogers‌, Ark. He‌ ‌has‌ ‌12‌ ‌grandchildren,‌ ‌eight great‌ ‌grandchildren‌ ‌and‌ ‌many‌ ‌many‌ nieces‌ ‌and‌ ‌nephews.‌ ‌ ‌

Robert‌ ‌married‌ ‌Frances‌ ‌ ‌on‌ ‌July‌ ‌29,‌ 1984‌ ‌in‌ ‌Hawaiian‌ ‌Gardens‌, Calif. They‌ ‌lived‌ ‌in‌ ‌Lakewood,‌ ‌Calif. ‌for‌ ‌eight‌ ‌years‌ ‌then‌ ‌in‌ ‌1992,‌ ‌they‌ ‌loaded‌ ‌up‌ ‌the‌ ‌streak‌ ‌and‌ ‌relocated‌ ‌to‌ ‌Okla.‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌closer‌ ‌to‌ ‌family‌ ‌and‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌his‌ ‌mother‌ ‌in-law‌ ‌Rev.‌ ‌Mary‌ ‌Orman‌ ‌in‌ ‌her‌ ‌Church‌ ‌in‌ ‌Westville,‌ ‌Ok.‌ ‌ ‌

Robert‌ ‌was‌ ‌a‌ ‌long‌ ‌haul‌ ‌truck‌ ‌driver‌ ‌for‌ ‌35‌ ‌years,‌ ‌and‌ ‌he‌ ‌pastored‌ ‌for‌ ‌20‌ ‌years‌ ‌with‌ ‌his‌ ‌wife,‌ ‌Frances‌ ‌Phillips,‌ ‌at‌ ‌New‌ ‌Beginning‌ ‌House‌ ‌of‌ ‌Prayer‌ ‌in‌ ‌Westville.‌ ‌In‌ ‌2013‌ ‌they‌ ‌retired‌ ‌and‌ ‌became‌ ‌members‌ ‌at‌ ‌Tabernacle‌ ‌of‌ ‌Praise‌ ‌in‌ ‌Westville.‌ ‌He‌ ‌lived‌ ‌in‌ ‌Stilwell with‌ ‌his‌ ‌loving‌ ‌wife‌ ‌of‌ ‌38‌ ‌years.‌ ‌ ‌

 ‌R.D.‌ ‌loved‌ ‌to‌ ‌fish,‌ ‌hunt,‌ ‌shoot‌ ‌guns,‌ ‌camp,‌ ‌ride‌ ‌roller‌ ‌coasters,‌ ‌grill,‌ ‌and‌ ‌work‌ ‌on‌ ‌cars‌ ‌with‌ ‌his‌ ‌daughters‌ ‌and‌ ‌grandchildren.‌ ‌He‌ ‌loved‌ ‌shopping‌ ‌with‌ ‌Alexis,‌ ‌dancing‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌oldies‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌kitchen‌ ‌with‌ ‌Frances‌ ‌and‌ ‌he‌ ‌never‌ ‌ran‌ ‌out‌ ‌of‌ ‌flashlights‌ ‌or‌ ‌craftsman‌ ‌tools.‌ R.D.‌ ‌never‌ ‌met‌ ‌a‌ ‌stranger‌ ‌or‌ ‌someone‌ ‌he‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌like.‌ ‌He‌ ‌was‌ ‌always‌ ‌kind‌ ‌and‌ ‌happy‌ ‌to‌ ‌witness‌ ‌and‌ ‌share‌ ‌Jesus‌ ‌with‌ ‌everyone‌ ‌and‌ ‌he‌ ‌loved‌ ‌to‌ ‌laugh‌ ‌and‌ ‌spend‌ ‌time‌ ‌with‌ ‌his‌ ‌family‌ ‌and‌ ‌friends.‌ ‌

In‌ ‌the‌ ‌words‌ ‌of‌ ‌R.D.‌ ‌Phillips:‌ ‌ ‌‌“A‌ ‌Man‌ ‌that‌ ‌leads‌ ‌his‌ ‌family‌ ‌in‌ 

prayer,‌ ‌can‌ ‌lead‌ ‌his‌ ‌family‌ ‌anywhere.‌ ‌Keep‌ ‌looking‌ ‌up!!‌ ‌Jesus‌ ‌is‌ ‌coming‌ ‌soon.‌”‌ 

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 at Tabernacle of Praise in Westville with Pastor Chris Harrison officiating. Interment will follow at Stilwell City Cemetery under the direction of Hart Funeral Home.

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