Robert Surgeoner Phillips, Sr., age 78, died Sunday October 27, 2013 at his home. Born in New Hanover, PA, he was the son of the late William A. Phillips and Margaret Surgeoner Phillips. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Ludlam Phillips and children, Terry Phillips Littleton (Charles “Reds”), Cathy Phillips Hastings (Dale, Robert S. (Butch) Phillips, Jr., all of Berlin, William Maurice Phillips (Susan) of Salisbury, Valerie Phillips Trader (David) of Newark and Glen Scott Phillips (Valerie) of Ocean City. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, Lisa Hastings Bunting (Garet) Meaghan L. Poulin (Shaun) Hunter Phillips, Hailee Phillips, Houston Phillips, Adam Phillips (Colleen), Carlye Phillips Bowen (Joey) and Wil Trader, as well as 5 great grandchildren, Cadie Littleton, Dalton Bunting, Holden Bunting, Brady Phillips and Stella Phillips.
He is survived by three brothers, William A. Phillips, Jr., Harlin E. Phillips and Ronald D. Phillips. He was preceded in death by brother’s Thomas E. Phillips, Kenneth J. Phillips and Dennis Phillips, sisters, Margaret P. Brittingham, Elsie P. Mackinnon, Ann Bassett, Marea Olsen and Sharon Townsend, half-brother’s Glen Phillips and Mel Phillips. There are numerous nieces and nephews and many other loving family and devoted friends.
Bob retired with over 20 years of service with Peoples Life Insurance Co. He was a United States Air Force Veteran and a member of St. Martin’s United Methodist Church. He enjoyed his love of family, music and God.
He enjoyed carving and trips to Montana to work on his cabin with his wife, Shirley. He enjoyed family get together’s and antiquing.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Martin’s United Methodist Church in St. Martin’s near Berlin. Rev. Joyce Cofield will officiate. Friends may call on hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the Phillips family cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Martin’s Methodist Church, c/o Denise Lane, 10847 St. Martin’s Road, Berlin, MD. 21811. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Expressions of condolences may be sent to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com.