Mr. Robert Earl Phillips, Sr. age 76 of Gordon, AL passed away Monday, January 17th at his residence surround by his loving family.
Graveside memorial service was held 12 p.m. Saturday, January 22nd at Jerusalem Methodist Church Cemetery located at 914 Jerusalem Road Gordon, AL with Pastor James Melton officiating. Memorialization by cremation with McKinnie Funeral Home of Campbellton, FL directing.
Robert Earl Phillips Sr. was born on October 30, 1945 in Gordon, Alabama. He was the last child born to the union of the late Richaway and Gertrude Phillips. Robert married Myrtle Carthon in 1966. They relocated to Miami, FL in 1967 where they settled into family life. Their union produced two sons: Robert Jr. born 1969 and Alvin arriving a decade later in 1979.
Robert, Sr. spent his career working alongside his brothers for ABC Construction. He retired in 1999 and returned to Gordon, AL to care for his father Richaway.
His favorite hobby was tending to his beautiful garden that was full of hearty vegetables, most notably, his giant pumpkin of 2004.
He was preceded in death by his wife: Myrtle Phillips; his son: Robert E. Phillips, Jr.; his sisters: Carrie Phillips, Lovie Cooper and Mary Carter; his brothers: Richaway Phillips, Jr., J. D. Phillips, Bennie Phillips and Emanuel Phillips.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his son: Alvin Phillips (Kia); granddaughters: Adrianna and Ava Phillips; grandson: Robert E. Phillips III; sisters: Rosie Jackson, Mordie Woody (James) and Tinnie Powell (Verma); a very special friend and companion: Ruth Ann Long; sisters-in-law: Essie Mae Porter and Mary Carthon; brother-in-law: Bobby Carthon and a host of nieces and nephews.