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Phillips M. Skipwith

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Phillips McArthur Skipwith

63, passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at his home in Indianapolis. Phillips was born on June 24, 1949 to Jim Skipwith and Queen Esther Skipwith in Columbus, Mississippi. Phillips was the youngest of three children. He gradated from Robert E. Hunt High School in Columbus, Mississippi and attended college at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).

In 1967, Phillips began his long career in the military where he honorably served his country in the Navy, Navy Reserve, and Army Reserve. He bravely served in the Vietnam War and Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He honorably served his country for 34 years.

Phillips, a much loved husband, father and grandfather is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Lillie Bell Skipwith; along with two daughters, Angelica F. Were (Samuel O. Were, Sr.) of St. Louis, Missouri and Aurelia Skipwith of Lexington, Kentucky; two grandchildren, Samuel Were, Jr. and Austin Were; and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives, military family and friends.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 23 at 12 p.m. at Lavenia & Summers Home for Funerals , 5811 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46218. Reverends Ronald Evans and Ronald Dowdell will officiate the service. The family will receive loved ones and friends starting at 10 a.m., prior to the funeral service. Phillips McArthur Skipwith will be buried with full honors at Marion National Cemetery, a cemetery for United States veterans, in Marion, Indiana.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Feb. 22, 2013
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