|Birth: ||Apr. 21, 1926|
|Death: ||Sep. 24, 2012|
Mr. Rudolph Phillips was the second of nine children born to Clarence Phillips and Elnora (Williams) Phillips. He was born on April 21, 1926, in Matador. Rudolph was only five years old when he, his parents and five siblings moved to East Texas. He united with the Powell Chapel Baptist Church at an early age and maintained his membership there throughout his life.
He attended schools in the Jackson school district before transferring to the Winona school district where he graduated. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy (1944) and was honorably discharged in 1946. He subsequently earned a bachelor's degree in education from Bishop College and a master's degree from Texas College. Mr. Phillips did post-graduate work at Prairie View A&M College in Hempstead, and at the San Fernando Valley State College in Northridge, Calif.
On Dec. 5, 1948, he married his childhood sweetheart, Odie Mae Flowers. To this union two children were born.
Mrs. Odie Phillips and Ms. Sandra Brewster preceded Mr. Phillips in death.
Mr. Phillips taught in the Winona ISD for one year, the bulk of his work in education was spent in the Gladewater ISD from 1950 to 1989. He was a tireless and dedicated educator who wore many hats, serving as a bus driver, teacher, assistant principal and principal. Many of his former students and colleagues remember "Professor Phillips" as a kind, humble, personable leader who demonstrated his Christian faith by the manner in which he lived his life. He was a hard worker who credited his strong work ethic to his upbringing. "Child, you couldn't live in Daddy's house unless you worked!" he stated on many occasions.
After retiring from his job as an educator, Mr. Phillips was able to devote more time to his deep passion for working in the Waters Bluff community. He served for many, many years as precinct chairman and devoted much time and effort to the Gladewater Public Library board. He was one of the founding members of the Star Mountain Water Supply Corp. and faithfully served from 1968 to 2008. He served as secretary-treasurer of the Waters Bluff Cemetery Association and was a 4-H Leader for 15 years. In 2006, Mr. Phillips was cited for his faithful work given to the Powell Chapel Baptist Church for 60 years. During that time he served as church secretary, adult Sunday school teacher, deacon and church treasurer.
Complete obituary published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on September 27, 2012
Clarence Phillips (1903 - 1994)
Elnora Phillips (1904 - 1998)
Odie Mae Phillips (1926 - 2007)
Sandra Phillips Brewster (1952 - 2000)*
Waters Bluff Cemetery
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Record added: Oct 11, 2012
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