Charles Edward Phillips

Charles Phillips
Charles Edward Phillips, 88, born Feb. 25, 1929, in Nacogdoches County, TX, passed away Jun 21, 2017 in Houston, TX.  He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruby.  Beloved Father of Mary Catherine “Cathe” Martin of Franklin, TN, Doug and wife Kim Phillips, and twin daughters Kay and Karen Phillips of Houston, TX.  Loving “Paw-paw” to granddaughter Katie and husband Brett Klusacek, and 4 great grandchildren - Brett and Brock Borden, and Alison and Logan Klusacek - all of Houston, TX.  Charles is also survived by siblings Margaret Halpin, Curtis and wife Barbara Phillips, Albert and wife Kathy Phillips, and their families, along with many more relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene Thomas, father Curtis “Tommy” Phillips, and siblings Bobbie Phillips, Tommie Ruth Brandenburg, and Bruce Phillips.  
Charles was the oldest of seven siblings, five boys and two girls.  Their youth was spent in East Texas.  In his younger years, Charles drove trucks for Santa Fe.  He then worked for Gillman Pontiac-GMC-Honda for 36 years where he achieved Master Salesman and was the Fleet Sales Manager until he retired in 1995.  Charles was a proud member and Director of the Sharpstown Rotary Club and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow award.  He enjoyed fundraising for kids in the community.
Charles was passionate about his family, his home, boating, fishing, his easy chair, and the TV remote … in that order.  Charles will always be remembered for his funny wit and his fashion sense… he loved his jumpsuits!  He and his family’s fondest memories were their many summer vacations at the lake where he taught his kids and their many friends how to water ski.  He had been known to pull six skiers at a time!  
Charles also coached baseball for the YMCA Tigers, where his son, Doug, was a pitcher.  When they won, the team would hop into the back of his truck for a trip to the local burger joint to celebrate.
In his post-retirement years, he suffered from Macular Degeneration (loss of central vision), hearing loss, and lung cancer.  At his request, his body was donated to the University of Texas Medical School for medical research for the benefit of future generations.
A celebration of Charles’ life will be planned for the near future (contact:  Karen Phillips at  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center or the American Cancer Society.