Dee Married Nettie Phillips. They are the parents of Josephine (Jo)
Phillips McBride.She is the mother of Darvil David (Mac)
McBride, Jon Robert McBride
and Sally Jo McBride Porter Butterfield
Funeral services were
Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Thatcher ward chapel, L.D.S. church, for
David Dee Phillips, 59, Thatcher postmaster, who died Monday at following
a heart attack earlier in the day. He had been in poor health
since a previous attack several month ago.
Long active in Democratic circles in eastern Arizona,
Phillips was appointed postmaster at Thatcher, February 17, 1941.
5, 1882, at Kaysville,
Phillips came to the GilaValley
at six years of age with his parents, and after attending county
schools he graduated from the St.
and took training at L.D.S.BusinessCollege
in Salt Lake City.
Entering business in Thatcher as a merchant, he
became manager of the dry goods department, and junior partner to W. W.
Pace……. He was active in L.D.S. church activities, served as town
clerk, councilman, mayor and trustee in Thatcher, and later justice of
the peace. He was formerly director of the Graham …… GrahamCounty
assessor for three years.
At one time he served as first vice-chairman of the
state Democratic central committee, treasurer of the county Democratic
central committee, and was chairman of the Graham County Garner Clubs.
With Bishop Jack Daley presiding, services opened
with “Oh, My Father,” by Singing Mothers of the Thatcher ward.
Invocation was offered by Clarence Naylor.
Wesley Taylor gave a sketch of the life of Mr.
Phillips, after which Spencer Kimball sang a vocal solo, “God Moves in
a Mysterious Way,” accompanied by Marie Farley.
Glen Hoopes, who had known Mr. Phillips for many
years, paid tribute to the deceased as having lived a long, honest, and
Glen Kempton sang, “I Shall See Him Face to Face,”
accompanied at the piano by his wife.
Concluding speaker was Henry L. Payne, who
characterized Mr. Phillips as a courageous and loving father, and
concluded with a tribute to Dad.
Singing Mothers sang, “Sometime We’ll Understand,”
and Leo Mortensen pronounced the benediction.
Pallbearers were Rodney Phillips, Scott Merrill,
Eldon Phillips, Phillip Pace, Darvil McBride, and Reed K. Phillips.
30, 1903 he married Nettie Jones. To this
union were born seven children, six of whom are living. They are
Dee D., San Luis Obispo,
Virgil, Los Angeles,
Mrs. Eleanor Merrill, Duncan;
Mrs. Josephine McBride, Solomonville; Rodney, Safford, and Jean,
In addition to his children and widow, he is
survived by two brothers and two sisters; Rud, Thatcher; Joe A., Miami;
Mrs. Alice Pace, Florence, and Mrs. Priscilla Standage, Mesa, and nine
Interment was in Thatcher cemetery.
Thatcher, Dec 2 (AP) - The Latter Day Saints Church will conduct
funeral services at tomorrow for David Dee Phillips, Thatcher
postmaster and one of Graham county’s most prominent public officials,
who died yesterday.
Phillips, 60 years old, died of heart disease.
He had suffered an attack three months ago and another yesterday
He was appointed postmaster last February 17.
Other positions he had held were Graham county assessor, mayor,
councilman and town clerk of Thatcher, justice of the peace, school
trustee, first vice-president of the Democratic State Central
Committee, treasurer of the Democratic County Central Committee, and
director of the Graham County Chamber of Commerce.
Phillips was born January 5, 1882 at Kaysville,
When six years old, he came with his parents to the GilaValley.
After attending Graham county schools, he returned
and attended the St. JosephStakeAcademy,
and the L.D.S.BusinessCollege.
He then entered the mercantile business at Thatcher.
He is survived by his wife, Nettie; three sons, Dee
D. of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Virgil of Los Angeles and Rodney of
Safford; three daughters, Jean Phillips of Thatcher, Mrs. Eleanor
Merrill of Duncan, and Mrs. Josephine McBride of Solomonville; two
brothers, Rud Phillips of Thatcher and Joe A. Phillips of Miami, and
two sisters, Mrs. Alice Pace of Florence and Mrs. Priscilla Standage of