Dateline: April 22, 2004
Mix Phillips, age 73, went to be with the Lord April 13, 2004, surrounded
by family and friends.
were held on Saturday, April 17, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. at the South Georgia
Baptist Church in Amarillo with Rev. Bob Miller, minister of the church,
officiating. He was assisted
by Rev. Jim Brown, minister of the Monterey Baptist Church in Lubbock.
Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. at Citizens Cemetery in
Clarendon under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home of Amarillo.
Phillips was born in White Deer on May 21, 1930. He attended school sin White Face, Klondike, and graduated
from Lelia Lake High School in 1948, where he was active in basketball and
track. He attended Clarendon
College in 1950, where he was awarded a scholarship in boxing and
basketball. He married Margie
Nell Crofford at Martin Baptist Church on June 21, 1950.
They spent 50 of their 53 plus years together in Amarillo.
was employed with the United States Postal Service for 36 years as a
carrier. There he received a
million mile safe driving award and recognition for superior service. He was a member of the National Letter Carriers Association
and sang in a quartet at the Texas State Letter Carriers Convention.
He sang with the Panhandle Singing Men before he became ill.
While employed with the Postal Service, Bill also served as a music
minister, serving over fifty years of full-time and interim work in many
Baptist Churches throughout the Texas panhandle, one being the First
Baptist Church in Claude, where he served for 15 years. During that time,
many musical programs were done by the choir.
He also served as Director of the Senior Adult Ministry for the
Amarillo Baptist Association. He
received the honor of doing music at the Old Field Baptist Church in the
Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina on the 200th year anniversary. Many
of his ancestors were ordained to the ministry and were active in this
church. In 1952, Bill and his
wife were instrumental in helping start a Baptist Mission in Burlington,
Colorado, which is now the First Southern Baptist Church in Burlington.
was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Ernest A. Phillips, in 1961; his
mother, Maybelle Weddle Phillips, in 1968; a brother, Ralph Alfred, US
Marines, in 1958; and a sister, Mayrene Hearn, in 1985.
include his wife, Margie; a daughter, Marla Gail Johnson of Oklahoma City,
OK, and her husband, Tommy; a son, Bradley Mix Phillips, of Amarillo; a
brother, Tommy Phillips and his wife Ruth; three grandsons, Michael Brett
Shadix of Oklahoma City, Bradley Bates, and Justin Taylor Phillips of
Amarillo; two step grandsons, Anthony and Stevie Johnson; five nephews;
and four nieces.
The family requests memorials be sent to United We Build Fund for South Georgia Baptist Church in Amarillo.
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