Ebbie Phillips(1936 - 2014)

Ebbie I. Phillips

Memorial services for Ebbie I. Phillips, 77, a veteran of the United States Navy, of Rayville, LA will be held 2:00 PM, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Rayville First United Pentecostal Church, with Rev. Robert Stroud officiating. The Phillips' family welcomes all to join them at 1:00 PM to visit, share stories and fond memories, celebrating his life.

Mr. Phillips was born August 4, 1936 in Shreveport, LA and passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Rayville, LA.

Ebbie is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Stephanie Phillips; parents, Tom and Nannie Phillips, brothers, Joseph Phillips, Albert Phillips, and T. J. Phillips; sisters, Nona Wade, Marie Brewster, and Thelma McMurry.

Survivors include his wife, Lou Phillips of Start; son, Michael Phillips of Start; daughters, Pamela Jackson and husband Kerry of Swartz, Tammye Byrd and husband, Richard of Start; grandchildren, David Phillips, Adrein Byrd, John Phillips, Laura Leigh Byrd, Taylor-Brooke Jackson; great grandchildren, Savannah Grace Phillips, Ashton Fortenberry, and Ryker Byrd. He is loved and celebrated by numerous nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in law and cherished by friends.

Ebbie was as a self- taught artist who loved playing the guitar, piano, drums, saxophone and number of other instruments. He also delighted in creating oil paintings of nature and portraits. He was blessed with natural talent, curiosity and a never ending quest for knowledge: true gifts from God. Ebbie entertained and delighted our hearts with his music, art, sense of humor and life.

He started a band called the "Phillips Combo" in the 70's and played through the years at a variety of benefit shows, events and family gatherings. Ebbie wrote a number of beautiful songs and in 1982 recorded a Christian album called "Raptured." Over the years, family, neighbors and friends enjoyed lively "jam" sessions at the Phillips' house.

Our Daddy had the best outlook on life. His positive attitude never wavered and his courage was contagious. Always the philosopher, Daddy had a number of sayings that many found humorous such as "let the low side drag" and "tar drips." He had a way with people that made them feel special and loved. Daddy was a hard worker and a good provider for our family. He was the smartest man that we have ever known. The life lessons he taught us are priceless.

Ebbie was a business owner, motivated inventor and held several patents. He loved to read, and was an avid duck hunter and fisherman. He respected education. He earned a degree from ULM (formally NLU), and held a number of professional licenses.

He was married to the love of his life, Lou "Lucy Bell" for over 56 years. He loved and treasured each of his children and was always quick to show his pride in them and their endeavors.

Missed and never forgotten Ebbie; we will see you "in the morning" Daddy.

Condolences may be left at brownholleyfuneralhomes.com.

Published in The News Star on June 23, 2014