Abby "Ab" Phillips, 85, of Jasper, died Sunday, July 5 (2020). Visitation will be Thursday, July 9, from 6-8 p.m. at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home in Harrison. Funeral is Friday, July 10, at 10 a.m., at Jasper Cemetery with Rev. Raymond White and Jerry Patton officiating.
The son of the late Ward and Margaret Pruitt (Clark) Phillips was born May 21, 1935, in Jasper. Ab was the owner of Phillips AA Road Boring Company, a retired plumber, and provided grave-digging services at no charge to families of Newton County. He was a member and deacon of Mt. Sherman Assembly of God Church. Ab served on the Jasper Cemetery Board. He was involved in obtaining the Jasper Water System and was one of the original members of the Newton County Volunteer Fire Department.
He was preceded in death by his father and step-mother, Ward and Hazel Phillips; mother and stepfather, Margaret and Elis Clark; wife, Cecile Phillips; son, David Phillips; brother, Larry ''Butch'' Phillips and son-in-law Dale Sayers.
Ab is survived by his son, Absalom Phillips, of Jasper; daughter, Belinda Robertson, of Quitman, Cheri Keef, of Jasper and Margaret Phillips, of Jaspers; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Brandon Durham, Connley Cooper, Curtis Phillips, Alan Phillips, Jason Poole, Greg Zabawa, Absalom Phillips and Clayton Wilson.
Honorary pallbearers are Bob Tanner, Phillip Cooper, Bobby Flud and Terry Gage.