LMC mourns the loss of beloved Board member Joe Phillips. Mr. Phillips was appointed to the Board on May 21, 1996 and faithfully served until his passing on October 3, 2018.
Mr. Phillips married Gloredia Tipps Phillips, (his wife of 58 years/married on December 29, 1959). They raised three girls Damita, twins Paula and Patrice and three boys, Joe, Greg and Chuck. Mr. Phillips was a descendent of Kelo Phillips and Sia Phillips who are recognized among the first families of Limestone County.
He was a devoted family man and enjoyed every opportunity to be with his wife, children and grandchildren. His childhood ambition was to get into the agriculture business and utilize the family farm which has been in the family for 136 years. He was a rancher and valued his time caring for his land. As a life-long resident of Groesbeck, he cultivated many friendships and most mornings he could be found at the local Breakfast Barn catching up with close friends.
Mr. Phillips was raised in the Groesbeck community during the times when his mother emphatically told him that you do not play baseball on Sunday and the price of a ticket to the Limestone Theater was 12 cents. As a young boy he witnessed the end of segregation and had memories of the water fountain in the theater. He is a 1954 graduate of Blackshear High School, Groesbeck. After graduating from high school, he attended Paul Quinn College in Waco receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education. Phillips served as an E-3 in the 4th Army, 16th Artillery Battalion, during the Korean War and Berlin Crisis. He served from 1958-61 and was with Fire Direction Company, M.O.S. 140-60. Upon his return he began his 13 year career as a history teacher and coach. Mr. Phillips then went into the farming and ranching business.
Over the years Mr. Phillips saw many changes in the healthcare industry. As a newly appointed member of the Board, Phillips was instrumental in helping the Hospital recover from the threat of closing. One of the most satisfying memories that Mr. Phillips had was to have a role in the construction of the new Hospital and Clinic with state of the art equipment to serve the residents of Limestone County and the surrounding area. He was very proud to stand with the other directors and conduct the open house for our new facilities on February 14, 2009. In addition to his years of service as a director, Mr. Phillips was the secretary/treasurer for the Board. He served as a member of the Executive Committee, Finance Committee and Physician Credentialing Committee.
One of the desires that Mr. Phillips held close was to see the establishment of a dialysis center in Groesbeck. It is with gratitude that we can look forward to this event in the near future. Through his contacts, Hospital management reached out to Azuria Dialysis and later met with Uday M. Khosla, M.D., nephrologist, and project manager, Jay Aldridge. At this time it is anticipated that the survey will be completed soon and all of the required documentation is in order to close after the survey is completed. Work on the design is being accomplished parallel to the closing.
Mr. Phillips was a vibrant and heartfelt supporter of LMC. He was passionate in his efforts on behalf of the Hospital and the residents of our communities. LMC is a much better place because Joe Phillips was a part of it.