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Rubel Lex Phillips


Funeral services for Rubel Lex Phillips will be held at 12:00 o'clock, Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011, at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, with Reverend Charles Poole conducting the service. Visitation will be held at the church at 3955 Ridgewood Road, from 10:00 until 12:00, prior to the service. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Alcorn County.

Rubel Lex Phillips was born March 29, 1925 in Alcorn County to parents William T. Phillips and Ollie Fare Phillips. He graduated from Alcorn Agricultural High School in Kossuth, MS in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in that year, and completed four years of active service to include wartime duty in the Pacific and with the post-war occupation. He retained a commission in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and retired with the rank of Commander in 1963.

Mr. Phillips was a graduate of Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi School of Law. After graduation, he was elected to serve as the Circuit Clerk of Alcorn County and Chairman of the Mississippi Public Service Commission. He was named Outstanding Alumnus of Millsaps College in 1956, and along with Charlie Sullivan and Paul Pittman, he was named one of three Outstanding Young Men of the Year by the Mississippi Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1959.

Mr. Phillips entered private law practice in 1958, and became a partner in the firm of Overstreet, Kuykendall, Perry and Phillips, and later the senior partner in the successor firm of Perry, Phillips, Crockett and Morrison. From 1979 until 1990, he was associated with Mobile Communications Corporation of America (MCCA), later Mobilecomm and a subsidiary of BellSouth, as a consultant and in-house counsel. In 1993 he was accepted as a Graduate Fellow in the Masters of Laws program at Cambridge University's Downing College, in Cambridge, England.

Mr. Phillips was a former member of the Kiwanis Club and the Executive Committee of the Millsaps V-12 Program. He was active in the Mississippi Republican Party since 1956, and was the Republican candidate for Governor of Mississippi in both 1963 and 1967, motivated by the firm belief that the state needed a strong two-party system.

He was one of the five founders of Northminster Baptist Church, where he served as the first Chairman of the Board of Deacons and taught the Men's Sunday School Class. Previously he had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson, where he was a teacher of Senior Boys and a Deacon.

He was an avid supporter and active fundraiser for St. Andrews Episcopal School, Millsaps College, and the Mississippi Republican Party.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret James Phillips, and two sons, Rubel Lex Phillips, Jr. and his wife Melinda, of Round Hill, Virginia, and Dr. William James Phillips and his wife Alison, of Jackson, as well as two granddaughters, Caroline Marie ("Cara") Phillips and Margaret Ann ("Megan") Phillips. He is also survived by two brothers William Maurice Phillips and wife Joan of Corinth, Mississippi, and Frank Price Phillips of Memphis, Tennessee.

Honorary pallbearers are members of the Mens' Sunday School Class of Northminster Baptist Church, the other members of the Founding Committee for Northminster Baptist Church, Judge Charles Gaudin, former law partners, and officers of the Millsaps V-12 Executive Committee. Our special thanks are extended to Ms. Elayne Willis, Ms. Dorothy Almon, Mr. Charles Brown, and other friends at the Blake for their constant, loving care-giving and support.

In lieu of flowers the family welcomes donations to Northminster Baptist Church, 3955 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211, or the M.I.N.D. Center, UMC, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, or the charity of your choice.

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Published in Clarion Ledger from Jun. 20 to Jun. 21, 2011.
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June 23, 2011
Very sorry to hear this news.I certainly remembers the Phillips family fondly from the old days at St. Andrews. Best wishes to you all.
Ben Wynne
June 22, 2011
Ms Margaret and family, Billy Ray and I send our deepest sympathy for your loss. We have unforgettable memories of the fun times we spent at the Resort trout fishing with the two of you. May God comfort you during this time.
June 22, 2011
The Phillips Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God be with you during this difficult time.
Joe Denson
June 22, 2011
Just to give my deepest heartfelt condolences to the Phillips family. Rubel was a man of great integrity, intelligence and warmth. I will forever have such heartfelt memories of him and his family. Love to Lex, Jim and Margaret. I am so sorry I could not be there today. He will be forever remembered.
Pam Means Tatnall
June 22, 2011
My heart and deepest sympathy goes out to the Phillips family today. He was a man of great integrity and intelligence and will be greatly missed. I have such fond memories of getting to know him that will be forever cherished. Just to let the family know how much I truly care from the depth of my heart. So sorry I could not be there today. Love to Lex, Jim and Margeret. He will be forever remembered.
Pam Tatnall
June 22, 2011
Mrs. Phillips, Dr. Phillips and Family - I am sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. After reading about Mr. Phillips I can imagine how proud you all are to have had him in your lives. I hope memories of the great years gone by will bring you comfort and love to your broken hearts. Sincerely,
Emily Hall
June 22, 2011
Mr. Phillips succeeded by any measure, professionally, spiritually, through lifelong commitment to public service, and, most importantly, as a leader with Mrs. Phillips of a wonderful family. To Mrs. Phillips, Jim, and Lex, our condolences. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Brian Montague and Family
Brian Montague
June 22, 2011
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
June 21, 2011
Mrs. Phillips, Jim and Lex, You all are in my prayers. As a 6th grader in 1967 I campaigned for your dad. May the love of friends and family support you all during this time of loss.
Karen Crenshaw Swenson
June 21, 2011
Dear Margaret and family:

I was genuinely saddened to see in our newspaper this morning that Rubel had died.

He was a loyal friend over the years to my late parents, Odell and Lora Rutherford, who were, respectively, coach and principal, and teacher, at Kossuth.

Many years ago, when I was a boy, Rubel flew to the Corinth airport and took many children of family friends like me for our first plane ride. It was thrilling.

I also appreciate what he did for Mississippi politics in re-establishing the two-party system.

Please extend my condolences to Billy and Frank.

Joe Rutherford
Editorial Page Editor
Daily Journal
Joe Rutherford
June 21, 2011
Jim and Megan,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Family.
Anna Lerant and Bela Kanyicska
June 21, 2011
Our State and the U.S. lost a true hero when the Lord called Rubel Phillips home. I had the pleasure of working with Rubel on many Republican Campaigns including his gubernatorial campaigns. He was a true pioneer for our party and will be missed.

Ruth Ann and I will keep the family in our prayers.
Liles Williams
June 21, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Lex and Jim, in hearing of the passing of your father.
Jimmy & Tangie Stewart, Sr.
June 20, 2011
Margaret, Lex and Jim, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our shared times will always be treasured.

Love to all and peace be with you..

Nelda and Henry Wood
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