John Curtis Phillips III, of Krum, TX, joined the Lord on August 28, 2020 at the age of 72 due to complications with an on-going illness.
John was born in Texarkana, Texas on October 25, 1948 to John Curtis Phillips, Jr. and Zettie O. Phillips. His family relocated to Camden, Arkansas where his father worked for Southwestern Transportation Company and his mother was a Licensed Vocational Nurse.
John attended school in Camden, Arkansas where he played football. He graduated from Camden High School in 1967 and enrolled in college at Southern State College in Magnolia, Arkansas. His college studies were interrupted by four years of service with the United States Army when he was drafted. During his time in the Army, John explored parts of the world and even resided in Schwetzingen, Germany. Upon completion of military service in 1973, John returned to college at Southern Arkansas University (formerly Southern State College), graduating in 1977 with a degree in Physics-Engineering. He helped raise his son while also employed by Schlumberger Well Services as an engineer for most of his professional career. After his career, John was able to enjoy a life of fishing and relaxation.
John loved to fish, play poker, tell jokes, and had a love for old western films. As a father, uncle, and granddad, John loved to take his son, grandson, and various nieces and nephews on adventures to places like amusement parks, fishing, and camping. His laugh was infectious, and he loved sharing his knowledge with his son and grandson out on the lake.
John is preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his son Kevin Phillips, of Krum, a grandson, Jonathan Phillips of Bixby, Oklahoma, and a brother, Jared Phillips (Valerie) of Texarkana, Texas. He is also survived by seven nieces and nephews and their families who loved Uncle John with all their hearts. John also leaves behind his best buddy, Spot the cat.
John will have his ashes scattered at his favorite fishing spot. A small celebration of life will be held for only his family at this time.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation in his name.