Dan “PoPo” Phillips (3-24-18) service 4-3-18

Dan “PoPo” Phillips, of Savannah, was born Aug. 25, 1927, in Plantersville, Texas, the son of the late John S. and Pearl Busa Phillips.
He departed this life Saturday, March 24, at the age of 90 years, 6 months and 26 days.
On May 20, 1950, he was united in marriage to Ruth B. Merdian at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Anderson, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 67 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Joe, Lester, Henry, William and John Billy Phillips, all of Texas.
He leaves behind three sons, Craig, wife Diana; Gary, wife Lisa; Kevin, wife Pam Phillips; five grandchildren, Justin Phillips of Savannah, Danielle, husband Zach Zulli of Hammond, Louisiana, Lauren, husband Ian Netzel of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and Hannah and Houston Phillips of Knoxville; three great-grandchildren, Chloe Zulli of Hammond, Louisiana; Kaden Phillips of Savannah and Charlotte Netzel of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Britni Hyde, mother of Kaden and close friend of the family; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dan served in the United States Army. His Army training secured a job with Southern Pacific Railroad in Texas for 16 years. Dan was co-owner of Gayla Industries in Houston, Texas for 18 years. He owned Parris Manufacturing company since 1966, retiring in 1994.
Dan was a charter member of Knights of Columbus Council 8083 in Savannah and a member of the American Legion Post 560 in Houston, Texas.
He was a lifelong Catholic and attended St. Joseph in Stoneham, Texas; St. Rose of Lima in Houston, Texas; Christ Our Light in Navasota, Texas; and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Savannah.
The Rosary and visitation was held at Shackelford Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 27, Rosary at 5 p.m. and visitation from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, March 28 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Savannah.
In Texas, the Rosary and the visitation will be at Lindley Robertson Holt Funeral Home on Monday, April 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the Funeral Mass Tuesday, April 3, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Plantersville, Texas. He will be laid to rest at St. Mary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Savannah and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stoneham, Texas.

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