Mr. Melvin Phillips, 89 of Bonifay, died on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at the C. C. Sims State Veteran's Home in Springfield. Born Thursday, Nov. 8, 1923 in Ebro, he was the son of the late Henry Phillips and the late Nancy Anderson Phillips. He served in the Navy from 1941 until 1963. He was a Veteran of World War II
. He was a member of First Baptist Church. He was a member of Esther Masonic Lodge 144 and a member of Bonifay Chapter Order of the Eastern Star 325. He served in local law and enforcement and was a retired barber.
He is survived by his wife, Nell Phillips of Bonifay; sons, Paul Melvin Phillips of Santa Rosa Beach and Hubert Samuel Lowe of Youngstown; daughters, Janet Patricia Phillips of San Diego, CA and Deborah Lynn Phillips of Fairfax, Va.; sister, Eunice Kent of Bonifay; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A Funeral service was held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at Sims Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Shelly Chandler and the Rev. Jeep Sullivan officiating. Interment was in Bonifay Cemetery, Bonifay, with military honors being rendered by the U. S. Navy with Sims Funeral Home directing. The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at Sims Funeral Home Chapel.