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6/27/2013 9:59:00 AM
OBITUARY: Robert Earl Phillips

Robert Earl Phillips, 62, peacefully departed this life in the comfort of family members and the hospital chaplain on June 13, 2013, at Eisenhower Hospital in Rancho Mirage. He was born in Bentonia, Miss. on Jan. 18, 1951, to Porter and Lucille Phillips.

Around 1955, the Phillips family moved to Blythe where Robert attended the public school system and graduated from Palo Verde High School. Robert spent most of his life right here in Blythe. Although as an adult he did return to Mississippi to visit with family.

Robert married Marilyn Cavers on June 9, 1993. They shared many memorable moments together. Robert would often talk of leaving Blythe, but he loved his life here. He loved the slow pace and wide-open spaces and freedom that it offers. Robert loved nothing more than to go fishing, or search the fields for the current crops of vegetables and melons. He knew the "good fishing holes" and could recognize the fields ready for picking. He often shared his catches and finds with friends and family. He was known for his generous nature.

In Robert's later years he became quite the "cook"; loving to experiment with recipes. He made excellent chili beans, became good at grilling, and was learning to make other down home recipes, such as hog-head cheese. Robert's family and close friends in Blythe, such as Jonathan Hale, Dennis Butler, and Paul Bowen, were his willing guinea pigs.

Robert's immediate neighbors and friends on Bell Lane knew him for his African Opera. All throughout the day he could be heard singing and humming his mumble jumble songs in a very loud and proud voice. He said he was happy when he was singing his African Opera.

Robert accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age. He and his wife were baptized together on June 26, 2004, at Isibane Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church, in Blythe, by Pastor Gregory St. Ange. Robert had periodic bible study with Mathew Sampson up to the time of his passing.

Robert is survived by his wife, Marilyn Phillips and her daughter Monique Thomas and children Mahalie and Malik; mother-In-Law, Ruby D. Cavers; three daughters, Ta-Tanisha Shontille Phillips, Danielle Phillips-Evins (Cory), and Tina Graves, all of Alabama, and their children/his grandchildren, Kiara Phillips, Deddrick Phillips, Jamir Phillips, and great-grandchildren, Kendall Phillips and Karter Phillips; three brothers, Arthur Phillips (Irene) of Atlanta, Ga., Albert Phillips of Huntsville, Ala., and Dwayne Phillips of Tennessee; and four sisters, Dorothy Owens of Chicago, Ill., and Frankie Jackson, Margaret Dawkins (Charles), and Janice Johnson, all of Blythe. Also mourning his loss are a host of in-laws, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, and many close friends and acquaintances.

Immediate family members who preceded him in death were his parents, Porter and Lucille Phillips; and brother, Porter Phillips, Jr.

Visitation for Robert is on June 28, 2013, from 9-9:45 a.m. at Frye Chapel and Mortuary with graveside service begins at 10 a.m. Palo Verde Cemetery. Repast will be held immediately following services at Butler's Hall, 141 S. 2nd St., Blythe.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: Pastor Howard & Marian Anderson

We have known Robert for many , he was born one year after my second child. Robert had so much respect for everyone, although he was in a hurry, he would take time and hold wonderful conversations, we will miss him, but he will always be remembered, never forgotten. We are praying for his family, that God will give them peace, God is yet with the family.

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: Beverly Mays

Marilyn, Margaret and the entire Phillips family you have my sincere sympathy. Robert was a friend for many years and he will be missed. I am praying for the entire family. God bless.

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