Obituary of Clifford Philips, Jr.
Clifford B. Philips Jr. passed into God's hands on Saturday surrounded by his loving family.
He was born to Clifford B. Philips and Helen (Hammond) Philips on October 29, 1937.
He married the love of his life, Helen (Sue) Samson on November 27, 1965. Together they would build more than a life together, they would build a family to carry on his legacy. Their first child, Clifford Bryan would be born on their wedding anniversary in 1966. Mark would follow in December of 1968 and Teresa in 1970.
Clifford, aka "Buster" attended Pulaski Schools and was in the Class of 1955. Feeling a strong sense of country, he joined the Army at the age of 17 with permission from his mother. He served overseas in Korea as a Medical Corpsmen.
Buster was a hardworking man who began working at the age of eleven to help augment the family's finances. He was never without a job. He is best known for his role as Transportation Supervisor for Pulaski Schools. He was part of the "old guard" who took pride in their work. He knew he was responsible for getting every student in the district to and from school safely and it wasn't a responsibility that he took lightly. Much like his son Bryan today, even as Supervisor, he was still the go-to mechanic in the garage. Buster was a no-nonsense type of guy and if he had a problem with a driver or a student's behavior, he wasn't afraid to let them know about it.
Buster had a love of all things mechanical and was an avid motorsports fan. He drove several stockcars throughout the years at many local dirt tracks. He also raced on the ice on Sandy Pond. He would pass this love on to his children and grandchildren. Along with the entire family, he would help field a Dirt Mod with his son Bryan. They raced the dirt circuit, competing Thursdays through Sundays at every dirt track that they could fire a motor at. Today three of his grandchildren race on dirt at the Oswego Kartway carrying on his legacy.
Buster was a beef farmer for over 40 years. He was one of the last of the Daysville farmers. Together, his son Bryan and he built a Polled Hereford herd from four cows to up over 120. He took pride in putting good quality, natural beef on his family's table.
As strong and calloused as his hands always were, as his grandchildren would come along, he would hold them ever so gently in his loving arms. His oldest grandson would carry on the C.B. Philips namesake and toddle along after his Papa on several adventures. Buster taught his grandchildren to build with their hands, be it Legos, pasture fence or complete barns. He was happiest when the laughter of his grandchildren filled his barns and haymow. Anna, Brandon, Samantha, Robert, Cassidy, Isabella and Zachary kept him very busy and brought the broadest of smiles to his face.
Buster was survived by his loving wife, Helen, one daughter, Teresa Lentzer of Mexico, two sons, Bryan (Robin) Philips of Pulaski and Mark (Susan) Philips of Marshall, MN, three sisters, Donna Clark, Linda Demetrick, Valerie DeVine, one brother, Charles “Chuck” Philips, and seven grandchildren, Anna, Brandon, Samantha, Robert, Cassidy, Isabelle, and Zachary.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3rd, at the Foster-Hax Funeral Home, 52 Park Street, Pulaski with burial in South Richland Cemetery, Fernwood. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Clifford Burton Philips, lived, was loved and now, his wife and family grieve his loss. We ask that you keep the family all in your prayers, especially his wife of 52 years, Sue as he forever has her heart.