Walter Wayne Phillips was born June 25, 1945 and he passed away peacefully at home on June 11, 2021. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, William and Evelyn Phillips; his wife, Margaret Louise Nicholson Phillips; and his three brothers William Phillips, Robert Phillips and Ronald Phillips. Wayne is survived by his son, Gary Wayne Phillips; daughter-in-law, Christine Burks Phillips; grandsons, Ryan Alexander Phillips, age 15 and Jason Tyler Phillips, age 13; and his mother-in-law, Billie Nicholson.
Wayne was born in Bakersfield, California to William Ray Phillips of Pike County, Arkansas, and Evelyn Mabel Miller Phillips of Palisade, Nebraska. Ray and Evelyn and their family moved to Little Elm in the early 1950’s, where Wayne spent much time hunting and fishing in his childhood. During his childhood and before starting school, Wayne developed the nickname of “Doodle”; he did not realize that Doodle was not his real name until he started school.
Wayne graduated from Carrollton High School, in Carrollton, Texas in 1963. After high school, he played baseball on the semi-pro level for a few years. He was a Vietnam Veteran, serving in the United States Army. Upon honorable discharge from the Army, Wayne became a licensed electrician, becoming self-employed, working on many buildings in the Dallas area from the 1970’s until 1996, when he became employed by The Home Depot.
He married Margaret Louise Nicholson on July 10, 1964 and they enjoyed 43 years of marriage and a wonderful family.
Wayne’s life had some sadness in it, in the loss of his father who passed away at a young age, the passing of all three of his three brothers, as well as, the passing of his mother and his wife on the same day. But yet, through all of that, God’s grace was evident in his life. Wayne knew and he understood the grace of Jesus Christ. He considered it a great blessing from God to have the opportunity to care for his wife, Margaret, as she lay captive to COPD in the later years of her life. Wayne was able to work and, at the same time, care for her at home until she went to meet her Lord February 22, 2007.
Wayne was a member of The Northway Church of Dallas, Texas. He was service oriented. He served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for many years. Many times, he found himself in personal service to others using his experience as an electrician. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #395 in Farmers Branch. On his daily walk around Farmers Branch he talked with people about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
While it has been said of some others, it is no less true for Wayne, that he went to sleep on this earth and he woke up in heaven. He never thought of heaven as a place, but more to the point, it is where God is. He readily understood that there would be no fluffy clouds to float on, while playing some kind of harp, but work. There would much work to be done in timeless, eternal, glorious celebration and praise of God, the Father and Jesus Christ, the Son.
Services will be held at North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Dallas, TX 75234 – a visitation will be on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 11:00 am. Graveside service will follow at 1:00 pm at Grove Hill Cemetery, Samuels Blvd., Dallas, Texas.
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