Born 10-11-1928 -- Died 7-24-2006
Homer "Vern" Lavern Phillips was born Oct. 11, 1928, the son of Homer Phillips and Lena Phillips McSpadden in Sidney, Ark. He died July 24, 2006, in Garland, Texas.
He married Ernestine Hatfield on June 8, 1952, in Batesville. They had one daughter, Robin Hedstrom of Fort Worth, Texas.
He was a graduate of Sidney High School. Prior to his marriage he served for three years in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked at the Jacksonville Air Force Base for 11 years, and also completed training to become a mechanic. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 10007.
He loved NASCAR, professional basketball and animals. He was a Mark Martin fan and a Dallas Mavericks fan.
Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and a sister-in-law, Nellie Qualls of Mt. Pleasant. He is also survived by a stepbrother, Carthel McSpadden of Cave City and a stepsister, Mary Fulbright of Searcy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, an infant child, two nephews and his son-in-law, Eric Hedstrom.
Funeral services were held July 28 at the Faith-Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Batesville. Burial followed at the Maxville Cemetery north of Cave City with arrangements under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
The online guestbook is at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/batesville.
Pallbearers were Gary Anderson, Donald Anderson, J.T. Thurman, Fred Sifford, John Mack Westmoreland, Roy Mynatt, Donald Phillips and Delmus Caraway.
Honorary pallbearers were Jack Helm, Tim Hatfield, Bobby Spohr, Mike Pollard, Jack Scott, Eric Terry, Bob Culbertson, Tom Guynes, James Keffer, Ben Jackson, Jeff Raine, Tom Glick, Jacob Keffer, Harold Marlin, Billy Gene Smith, George Westmoreland, the Friendship Sunday School class of the Mesquite, Texas Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the Adult No. 1 Sunday School class of Faith-Hopewell CP Church in Batesville, Wayne Dover, Fred Arnold, Jack Puckett, J.J. Puckett, Randal Coe, Gary Rhodes, Dr. Naire, Dr. Ann Simon, Dr. John Mercer Jr., Dr. Carl McKenney, Thad House, Dr. Leslie Tingle, Dr. Harry Sorrels, Dr. Frank Splann, Dr. Jeffrey Kopita, Dr. Jeffrey Novak, Dr. Greg Young, Dr. Kahn, Dr. Kathleen Ko, Ken Lindsey, Rhonda McCoy, Dr. Bill Waldrip, Dr. David Fielder, Dewayne Maynard, Dale Reynolds, Eddie McAdam, Bart Tarver, Andy Ruebman, Willie Wilbanks, Tom and Debbie Lawhon, Johnny Van Battles, David McCabe, Ray Scalfani, Lud Hedstrom, Tom Leaverton and Grant Leaverton.
For those wishing to make memorials, the family suggests the American Lung Association or the Mesquite, Texas Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Faith-Hopewell CP Church Building Funds.