Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Kenneth Keith Phillips, 88, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in his Maysville home, surrounded by his family and friends.
Kenny, as many called him, was born February 28, 1925 in Loco, Oklahoma to Jack Phillips and Annie Tarrant-Phillips. He graduated from Pernell High School and attended college at East Central University in Ada. Kenneth served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.
Married April 11, 1958 to Joyce Morton, the couple built a home together southwest of Maysville, where they raised their two children Phyllis and Michael. Kenneth and Joyce celebrated 54 years of marriage.
He enjoyed spending time on the farm working with cattle, tending to bees, feeding the fish, and fishing; each of which he shared with his 6 grandchildren as they spent countless weekends and summer days on the farm with their Papa.
Kenneth worked for over 50 years as a welder, beginning at Beaver Tool and then started his own welding business in 1962. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion and a 32nd degree Mason.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Phillips of the home; his son Michael of Maysville; his daughter Phyllis and husband David Stinnett of Kingfisher; six grandchildren Alissa Stinnett of Kansas City, Mo., Brandon Stinnett of Columbus, Ne., Odella Keith and husband Brandon of Maysville, Cameron Phillips of Maysville, Keitha Phillips of Maysville, Kaleigh Stinnett of Oklahoma City; and great-granddaughter, Ava.
He is also survived by his siblings Dorothy Lynn of Pauls Valley, Gerald Phillips of Pauls Valley, Bill Phillips of Wynnewood, Doyle Phillips of California, Larry Phillips of Oklahoma City, and Thell Phillips of Temple, Okla.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jay and Loyce; and two sisters Norma and Shirley.
Funeral services were held Friday morning, March 29 at the Abundant Love Fellowship with Rev. Danny Gamble officiating.
Burial was at Antioch Cemetery under the direction of John Williams of Winans Funeral Home in Maysville.