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Jesse Hoover Phillips, a more than 60 year resident of Perry, Oklahoma and current Guthrie resident, passed away January 23, 2015 unexpectantly in Oklahoma City Mercy Hospital . He was 86 years of age.
Jesse was born November 20, 1928 in Randolph County, Arkansas, the son of Jim
Phillips and Frances (Holland) Phillips. Being raised during the Depression, forced his mother to seek living conditions outside of AR and he then moved with his family as a young boy to the Glencoe community where he attended school while working to support his family from the age of 9. He then faithfully served his country in the United States Navy and was assigned to the USS Hank destroyer. He entered the Navy on May 19, 1947 and was honorably discharged on May 18, 1952. though he formally discharged from the service, he always maintained his allegiance and love of his country and expressed that love through the organizations he committed himself. After meeting the love of his life on the skating rink floor in Perry, OK, he married her, Dorothy Bowers on November 20, 1949 in the First Christian Church of Perry and remained faithfully committed to her and their 7 children until her death in 2009.
Jesse began schooling for nursing home administration and began building the Green Valley Nursing Home in Perry in 1964 as a 10 bed facility initially and grew it to a greater than 100 bed facility. Since its inception, Jesse had served as owner and operator until the 1980s. He continued to own nursing homes around OK and served as a nursing home consultant as well to many struggling facilities which were brought to standard with his assistance. Jesse additionally had a loving hand in building various churches and buildings in and around Perry throughout his years. He continues to own the local Taco Mayo as well. He additionally founded/owned Philips Construction Co.He also owned several producing farms around Noble County. His working hands helped with the Calvary Baptist Church's inception. the Community Baptist Church of Morrison, and what is now the Landmark Baptist Church of Perry. He has served as pastor or interim pastor at various local churches and delighted in witnessing and showing the Salvation Plan to countless numbers of people. Many whom he is having the honor of reuniting with currently in heaven. Jesse was an active member of the Rotary Club, Veterans of Foreign War, and was a reserve officer on the Sheriff's department in Perry for many years. His most active roles of recent lay within the American Legion and its members. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Guthrie and his enjoyments included, of utmost, his family, working, and helping others.
He is survived by his six children, Kathy Robbins and husband Robby, Grace Segura, Diann Givens, Stephen Phillips, CPT Angelia Phillips and Ashlee Phillips; eight grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; his very close pet Chihuahua, Sadie Marie; many other extended family and friends, including SFC Thomas Seal. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Dorothy; one son, Terry Phillips; one daughter, Barbara Allen; one sister, Nova Reid; two brothers, George and Jimmie Phillips; son-in-law Spec 5 Gary S. White who was killed in the Vietnam War.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the Bible Baptist Church, 4820 South Division Street, Guthrie, Oklahoma. A committal service at his graveside will be held at 2 p.m. that same day at the Grace Hill Cemetery in Perry.
Pastor Robby Robbins will be presiding over the services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brown-Dugger Funeral Home in Perry in conjunction with military honors.
Casket bearers are grandsons, Jordan Matthews, Xavier Matthews, Gabriel Seal, Zach Robbins, Seth Robbins and Quinton Segura. Honorary casket bearers are great grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post #053, 716 Delaware, Perry, Oklahoma 73077 or the Friends of Guthrie Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 1557, Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044-1557
An online guestbook may be signed at www.brown-duggerfuneralhome.com
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