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Howard Phillips

On March 12, 2008, the cowboy, Howard Phillips, moved on to a bigger "spread," with taller grass and cooler water. Born on June 11, 1908 in Okmulgee County, Howard lived his entire life in the Beggs area. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in North Africa and Italy. In his later years he was fond of telling new acquaintances that he had done a lot of things in his life, from cowboy, the army, merchant and much more.

He is survived by a son, Jim Phillips, of Beggs, Oklahoma, grandsons; Travis Phillips of Ft. Worth, Texas, Thomas Phillips of Cleburne, Texas, and Matthew Phillips of Lewisville, Texas, sisters; Eloise Carr of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Emma Mroczynski of Canby, Oregon. Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Emily, his parents; Deward and Leah (Hargrove) Phillips, and brothers; Deward, Jr. and Charlie.

Funeral services will be held at the Beggs Methodist Church on Monday, March 17, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. with interment following at the Beggs cemetery. Viewing will be at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Beggs, Oklahoma from 1:00 to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 16, 2008. Services are under the direction of McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Beggs and online condolences may be made at