Larry K Phillips

Feb 13, 1928 - Apr 22, 2013


Larry K. Phillips was born on February 13, 1928 in Mississippi County, Arkansas. He was the third son of Shelley and Dewey Lee Phillips. He was a loving husband, a wonderful father and a beloved grandfather.  

As a young man Larry enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing and running his dogs. For many years he raised fox hounds and spent many nights listening to the hounds chase the fox. In later years he raised beagles. Larry always had dogs and they were always a big part of his of his life.

Larry and Mary were married on October 20, 1945 in Arkansas. They had four children; Brenda, Larry, James and Dewey.

In 1957 Larry and Mary moved to CA where he was employed as the head custodian at Hollenbeck School in Sunnyvale School District. In 1969 he tried his hand at cattle ranching and then returned with his family to Arkansas for 7 years before returning to CA and settling in Elk Grove in 1987.

Between 1987 and 2003 Larry could be found in his woodshop building country craft furniture and traveling to craft fairs throughout northern CA and Nevada. In 2003 he and Mary finally retired.

Larry is survived by his wife loving wife Mary of 67 years, his daughter Brenda, 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Larry is preceded in death by his three sons Larry, James and Dewey, and his 3 brothers and 1 sister.

Larry had a heart attack in 1999. He called Bro. Wilson while he was in the hospital and told him he needed to talk to him when he got out of the hospital. Bro. Wilson came over to the house and they “talked”. As soon as he was able he started to church. He was baptized January 17, 1999. He loved the Lord and He loved going to church. He liked to sit in the same spot at church. He loved having “good” church.   Everybody at church called him Grandpa.


  • Karen Phillips says:

    Uncle Larry, You will be missed by many, you have blessed and loved everyone in your family including your extended family. I’m sure you are happy in your new heavenly home. I am also sure those of us in the third generation are sad that all of the siblings of the second generation have now left this earthly world. I appreciate that you were always so kind and loving towards me. I love you and I will miss your kindheartedness. Your niece, Karen Sue

  • Flora Lyons says:

    My love and sincere condolences to Mary. May all the memories you have shared give you comfort.

  • Brent Smith says:

    Aunt Mary, We love you, and know how hard this time is for you. Please remember Uncle Larry is in a better place and is not suffering. I am glad mom and Beth were able to come out and be with you during this time. I remember you being there for Mom and our family at some trying times in our lives, thank you! Again, we love you and miss you!

  • judy rigsbee nichols says:

    mary, thinking of you and brenda today so sorry to hear about your beloved husband you are in our prayers may god bless you

  • Ashley sandoval says:

    I love you gramps and so glad jayden was able to meet his great great grandpa. I know you will be looking after us all. We love you gramps!

  • Taylor Harrington says:

    Gramps I will miss you very much I love you and I know your smiling as you watch over the family and protect us. I love you Grampi.

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