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Clarence "Junior" Phillips

October 18, 1923 — November 25, 2015

Clarence "Junior" Phillips passed away on November 25, 2015 at Scotland County Hospital, Memphis, Missouri.  The son of Clarence "Barney" Phillips and Leota Tall Phillips, Junior was born on November 18, 1923 in Scotland County, MO.

After graduating High School in Memphis, Mo. Junior, being unable to serve in WWII because of an illness, helped with the family's Phillips Conveyor Company.  The conveyors were an invention of Junior's father and made loading coal easier as the Phillips' hauled coal for many years.

When the Korean Conflict begun, Junior served his country as an engineer, building bridges in the Army's 453rd Construction Battalion.

Upon returning home from service, Junior remained in the Army Reserves for five years and once again helped his father with the Phillips Conveyor Company, assembling conveyors and hauling coal. The business had grown and conveyors were being used for purposes other than coal and shipped across the United States and Canada.

On Washington's Birthday, February 18th, 1956 Junior married Ruth Wiles.  They lived on a farm on Ridge Road, near Memphis, raising chickens and planting a large garden.

Junior enjoyed riding motorcycles, traveling  and for a time raced stock cars on a dirt track just south of Memphis.

With the death of his father in 1962, Junior became a partner with his mother in the Phillips Conveyor Company.  Running computers and working with figures came easy for Junior and the company continued to grow for many years.

After the passing of his wife and mother in 1999, Junior found a friend, Georgia Couch.  Georgia had helped care for his mother and soon became a working partner with Junior in the Conveyor Company and remained by his side till their retirement.

Junior had one hobby that continued to occupy his time and attention and that was his Backhoe.  He loved digging anything and everything with it.

For the past 15 years Junior enjoyed the company of his devoted companion, Georgia Couch. Catching the evening news on tv, watching the humming birds in the backyard and traveling together were a few of the many things they did together.  They both attended the First Christian Church in Memphis. Junior was baptized into Christ by Rev Philip Gore in the pond on his farm south of Memphis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brothers; Paul Phillips and Charles Phillips, one sister; Leona Gomer and one nephew; Mike Phillips.

Survivors include; his devoted companion, Georgia Couch, nieces and nephews; Jackie (Gary) Splitter, Gary (Shannon) Gomer, Breta (Philip) Bux, Greg (.Kathy) Gomer, Beverly (Clive) You,  Robert (Sara) Phillips, Suzy (Glen) Miller, James Phillips, Mary Schnelle, Roger (Beth) Phillips and Kathy Meinhardt

The family suggests memorials to the First Christian Church of Memphis or the Donors choice be left at or mailed to Payne Funeral Chapel, 292 East. Madison Memphis, Mo. 63555
One Hour before the service on Monday, 11/30/15 from 10 - 11
11:00 A.M. Monday 11/30/15 at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis
Memphis Cemetery east of
escorted  by the Patriot Guard riders and full military rites by the Memphis V.F.W. Post # 4958 at graveside
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