David Franklin Phillips

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

David Franklin Phillips, 91, Nevada, Mo., passed away on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at Moore-Few Care Center, in Nevada. David was born June 21, 1927, in Nevada, Mo., to Elmer Madison and Elsie Leona (Eason) Phillips.

David, our dad, was a true blessing from God. He was a caring and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother and friend. He touched and affected many lives. He was a long time member of the First Christian Church and kept his family active while growing up in the things of God. He was a youth leader for many years: served on the board, sang in the choir, served on many committees and helped where help was needed.

Dad always worked in law enforcement which began when he joined the Army when he was very young and was assigned to the military police, stationed in Austria. He came home from war with a beautiful bride, Anna, our mom, who preceded him in death in 2011. He worked on the police force here in Nevada for many years and later took a job with the Highway Patrol. He retired from the Highway Patrol after 33 years of giving driving tests. He was the driver examiner in seven counties, met lots of people and had some very interesting stories to tell.

Our dad never met a stranger and loved and cared for many. He entered the gates of the City (Heaven) where his loved ones met him there very peacefully. What a celebration they are having and meeting Jesus face to face, words could not express the joy. Our dad will be missed greatly but knowing he is no longer in pain, and having no memory loss, and knowing where he is brings comfort to all our hearts.

David was a 50 year plus member (lifetime) of the Nevada Elks BPOE No. 564 and a member of Nevada Osage Masonic Lodge No. 303.

Survivors include four children, Joseph Phillips and his wife, Sara, Claremore, Okla., Joanna Hinds, Nevada, James Phillips and his wife Barbara, Punta Gorda, Fla., and Judy Stark and her husband, Danny, Nevada; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; four brothers, Charles, Roy, Alva, and William; one sister, Leona Biggs; grandson, Travis Harper; great-great-grandson, Jace Olazagerti; and son-in-law, Jerry Hinds.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 10:30 a.m.. at the First Christian Church in Nevada. Interment with military honors will follow in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. A service by the Elks will be held at 6:30 and the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to his great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Hinds Medical Benefit Fund for a Diabetic Alert Dog in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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