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Phil is survived by his wife of 40 years, Cindy; children Penny Sprouse, Payne Wesley and wife Emily, Page Sack and husband Levi, and daughter by choice, Becky Calvin. He is also survived by his sister, Cindy Knosby, and seven grandchildren.
Phil was a Christian and attended Frost Baptist Church. He served as fire chief of Navarro Mills Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years. Upon joining the fire department, Phil became aware of the needs for the department. He was very instrumental in building up the fire department to where it is today. The acquisition of the new fire station, as well as new fire equipment, are due to Phil's unwavering dedication to do whatever it took to get funding, from acquiring grants, hosting fundraisers and to giving freely of his time and skills.
He found joy in mentoring others and loved being in charge as chief. In 2013 Phil was honored and proud to receive the Fire Fighter of the Year Award. Phil served his community by serving on the Navarro Mills Water Supply Corporation as a board member for over 20 years and as a Republican Party polling judge for Precinct No. 4 for almost 10 years. He was a staunch supporter of the freedom to own and carry firearms and held a lifetime membership with the NRA.
Phil attended Texas A&M University and was a member of the Corp of Cadets. It was an honor and a privilege for him to recruit his brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins to "The University". He was a die hard Aggie and always said he bled maroon and white! He passed his passion down to his children and grandchildren.
Phil bred and raised Brangus for many years. Working with his children through FFA and 4-H showing cattle and winning many awards including a Grand Championship. He loved farming and ranching and found peace and comfort in nature. Phil lived his life in a big way and left behind a larger than life legacy that will be remembered by all. He dearly loved his family and enjoyed telling stories about each and every one.
Phil was one of a kind, his opinions, beliefs and thoughts on how to do things will truly be missed by many. He leaves us remembering his motto: "You gotta have a little fun every day!" Gig'em Aggies!
A memorial service with visitation to follow will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 11, 2019 at Frost Baptist Church.
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