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November 10, 2021 - 00:00
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Houston Thomas “Tommy” Phillips, Jr., age 70, of Weimar, passed away Nov. 4. He was born in Robersonville, NC to Houston T. Phillips, Sr. and Helen Roberson Phillips.

Tommy was a retired general contractor and owner of Phillips Steel Bldg. specializing in Custom Metal Buildings and Roofs. He could fix and build almost anything.

Tommy loved cattle ranching and had a fondness for all animals both small and large. He had a tremendous love for horses; his favorites were Dances, Suzy, Spooker, and Sandy Key.

Tommy never asked anyone who worked for him to do anything that he couldn’t or wouldn’t do himself. He mentored countless young workers in ranching and the metal business. Tommy was mentored and shaped by his long time boss, friend and father figure, James L. Gresham aka “Mr. Jimmy”. He was a perfectionist – if it was not right it was re-done until it was right.

Tommy was raised in Moultrie, GA and lived in Simonton for approximately 25 years before moving to the Borden/ Weimar area. Tommy met the love of his life, Cathy, in 2001 and they were married for 20 years.

Tommy is preceded in death by his parents.

Tommy is survived by his wife Cathy; son Jason T. Phillips and wife Joyce; grandchildren Justin Phillips and Jaycee Phillips; sisters JoAnne Vaccaro, Cindy Odum and Wanda Stewart; brothers Larry Phillips and Gene Phillips.

Tommy had a special place in his heart for Marcial Orea and his family of Simonton.

Special recognition is given to Tommy’s many caregivers through Hospice Brazos Valley of La Grange (Amanda and Taneisha) and Visiting Angels (Peggy, Karla, Dominque, Blake, Debbie and Karen). These loving caregivers supported Cathy to enable Tommy the best possible care at home for years.

Visitation was Monday, Nov. 8 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Funeral service was Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Stan Warfield officiating. Burial followed in Weimar Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Honorary pallbearers were Jason T. Phillips, Larry Phillips, Gene Phillips and Marcial Orea.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be given to Lucie’s Project, P.O. Box 325, Sheridan, TX 77475 in Tommy’s memory.

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