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Grady Lynn Phillips

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Funeral services for Grady Lynn Phillips, 94, of Tyler, were held July 31, 2018 in the Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel in Tyler with Rev. Gerry Giles officiating. Burial follwed at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Grady passed away July 25, 2018 at Hospice of East Texas. He was born May 17, 1924 in Rogers to Rufus Marvin Phillips and Daisy Bell Henderson Phillips. Grady was a beloved husband for 68 years, an amazing father and an incredible friend to everyone he met. His kindness, loyalty and unwavering friendships never went unnoticed by others. He had an infectious laugh and a story telling ability that would light up any room. Everyone enjoyed being around Grady and he enjoyed being around them as well. He was a fighter until the very end. We love you Grady, you are our ray of sunshine. Grady proudly served four years with distinction aboard the USS Allendale in the South Pacific during World War II as a Pharmacist Mate Third Class. Grady was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church, Certified Lay Speaker of the Methodist Church, a Paul Harris Fellow, Mayor of City of Star Harbor, Member Board of Directors Malakoff Area Chamber of Commerce, member and President of Malakoff Rotary Club and member and President of Malakoff Lions Club. He graduated from Rogers High School, attended University of Texas, University of Houston and Graduated Baylor University in 1952. Grady held the position of Accountant with Lone Star Industries for over 30 years. Grady was preceded in death by his parents and sister Dean McGuire. He is survived by his loving family including his wife Ama Lee Phillips, daughter Cheryl Hester and husband Tommy, grandson Jason Austin Hester, greatgranddaughter Kaia Hester, daughter Elizabeth Thiemann and husband Eric, grandson Tommy Thiemann, nephew Billy Ray McGuire and wife Candy, great-nephews Ron McGuire and Pat McGuire, nephew Gary McGuire, grandnieces Shelley Pausewang and Carla Morris and nephew Phil McGuire. Pallbearers were Jason Austin Hester, Billy Ray McGuire, Phil McGuire, Eric Thiemann, Don Hughes, Rod Kosterman and Craig Dickey. Honorary pallbearer was Jim Reed. If desired, memorials may be made to your local Veterans Association or your local charity of choice.