Joe C. Phillips was born Feb. 10, 1938 in Oktaha to Finney and Alice (Sparkman) Phillips. He died March 20 in Tulsa at the age of 74.
Phillips attended school in Wainwright and graduated from Wainwright High School. He continued his education at Connors State and Northeastern State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Edcuation.
Phillips was an athlete and while at NSU he played baseball and lettered one year. Philliips taught in several Mayes and Craig County schools over the years. He was a classroom teacher, coach and principal. He was a member of the Oklahoma Education Association and had been a volunteer firefighter for the city of Mazie and a member of the Mayes County Civil Defense. After retiring from being an educator, Phillips had a concession trailer and was known for his funnel cakes. Phillips enjoyed being around people and never met a stranger. He had a knack for being able to remember almost everyone he met.
Phillips is survived by his wife, Sylvia, of the home; one son, Mark Phillips, and wife Kimberly, of Knoxville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Devin and Laura; one brother, Jiggs Ramsey, of Ft. Gibson; one sister, Cleta Lee, of Ft. Stockton, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Keith, brothers Dean Ramsey and R.B. Ramsey and sisters Regina and Crystal.
Services were entrusted to Stephens Memorial Chapel.