February 22, 2013

William “Bill” Wesley Phillips

The Express-Star

— William “Bill” Wesley Phillips, 68, of Anadarko,  went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on May 14, 1944 in Ashtabula, Ohio, the son of William and Margaret (Speer) Phillips.  

He faithfully served his Country in the United States Air Force from 1964-1975. Bill served two tours in Vietnam as an aircraft crew chief.   

Bill held many jobs throughout his life as a mechanic, farm hand, and heavy equipment operator. His last worked at Temple Inland in Fletcher, Oklahoma as a safety officer from 1994-2000.  

Bill married Norma Smith (Standridge) on June 23, 1984 in Chickasha.

 Bill was a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National Rifle Association. He was also a member of the Bethel Baptist Church. Bill enjoyed cars, reading, movies, and working in his yard. He was well known for his ability to fix almost anything. Bill was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed every minute with his large family. He will be remembered in all the wonderful memories he has left in the hearts of his family and friends.

He is survived by his three step-daughters: Donna Smith and her husband Tracy of Broken Arrow, Teresa Irving of Pryor, Linda Treas and her husband Gary of Pryor; one son, John Hopkins of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Betty Troillett of Carrollton, Ga., and Sandy Zajaczkowski of Farmington, Ohio; one brother, John D. Phillips of Toledo, Ohio; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; special friends Dale and Jane Birch of Anadarko.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Phillips (Standridge); parents, William and Margaret Phillips; and a sister, Peggy Hough.

A private graveside service is scheduled for March 2, 2013.