Sanford C. Phillips
Sanford C. Phillips
  • November 7, 1927 - March 2, 2017
  • Dallas, Texas

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Mr. Sanford Phillips was born on November 7, 1927, in Winona, Texas, to Clarence and Elnora (Williams) Phillips. He was the third of nine children born to their union. His Christian experience began at Powell Chapel Baptist Church at a young age, and he was educated in the Jackson School District. After graduation, Mr. Phillips enlisted in the United States Army until he was honorably discharged in 1953. His son, Neadell Bynum and daughter, Cynthia Phillips would be born from previous unions that dissolved. Eventually, he met Vernell Lockhart. On November 12, 1953, Mr. Sanford Phillips and Vernell Lockhart were united in holy matrimony and would remain so for over sixty-one years.

Deeply rooted in his faith and love for Christ, he united with the New El Bethel Church. Over the years, he served as a finance chairman, deacon and trustee. However, his passion was most evident as he taught the youth during Vacation Bible School.

Exhibiting an unyielding work ethic, Mr. Phillips served as a manager for the Sears and Roebuck Company for over 25 years until he retired. Later, he would serve as a special needs bus driver, building maintenance technician for Canton Lofts, and, finally, a driver for Foreign Car Parts until his health began to fail.

On Thursday, March 2nd, shortly after 9:00 p.m., his Heavenly Father called him home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Elnora Phillips; sister, Telaska Phillips Arps; two brothers, Rudolph and Edward Phillips; daughter, Cynthia Phillips Spencer; great-grandson, Anthony Hobbs; and great- granddaughters, Makaylah and Micah Alexander. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Vernell Phillips of Dallas, Texas; son, Neadell Bynum; granddaughters, Sharonda Fisher, Cynesha Hobbs (Glen), and Cyntrece Spencer; great-granddaughter, Jada Jones; sisters, Pearl Holmes (Robert), Dorothy Sharpe, Joyce Williams (Welton) and Irene Cooper; brother, William Phillips; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.