Joe Edgar Phillips was born in Roswell on April 19, 1924 to Mary Harriet (Hendricks) and Joel Edgar Phillips. They lived on a ranch at the foot of Capitan Mountain, and Joe went to first and second grade in a one room school house on Baca Canyon Road.
When he was eight, the family moved to Capitan where he chopped wood and paid the $4 he earned for each cord to the local hardware store until he paid for a bicycle. After he finished eighth grade, the family moved to Carrizozo where he graduated
high school. Joe excelled in football and basketball all four years and was chosen for the All State Basketball Team his senior year. He attended one semester at Socorro School of Mines before going to work as an accountant for Hayner and Burns Construction Co.,
utility installers for the new military air bases in Clovis, Alamogordo, Hobbs, and Roswell.
He married Margaret Porter in 1942, and the two of them spent time preparing for Joe’s departure to the service. When the war was over, Joe and Margaret settled in Roswell. Joe worked for Powers Oil Company running a Phillips 66 service station at 10th and Main.
In 1954, he and his brother bought the Hondo cafe, bar, service station, and motel. In 1956 the family moved back to Roswell where Joe ran the Phillips jobbership for Mr. Powers. Eventually he bought the company and renamed it the J & R Oil Company. He operated
it until he retired in 1994.
Joe was an amazing father to his five children, attending piano and dance recitals, baseball and basketball games, and family picnics in the mountains. He was a charter member of the Roswell Sertoma Club, supported The Boys and Girls Club, and directed the New
Mexico State Golden Gloves Tournament with his friend Dub Storey. He enjoyed cheering the Dallas Cowboys on, playing golf on courses from Leadville, CO to the Bahamas, and mowing the Phillips’ compound with his tractor. He and Margaret took their fifth-wheel
on many camping trips to Indian Lakes and traveled to different vacation spots in their motorhome.
Joe was very proud of his large, extended family. Every Thursday afternoon for more than thirty years, he and Margaret—called “Grump” and “Mimi” by the grandkids—welcomed their grown children, grandchildren, greats, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, and neighbors
for coffee hour at their home.
Preceding Joe in death are his parents Edgar and Hattie, his brother Richard, and his first grandbaby, Jamie Waide.
Joe is survived by his cherished and devoted wife of 76 years, Margaret, and by their five children and their spouses: Claudia and husband James Waide, Ronnie and wife Gretchen Phillips, Joanne and husband John MacCallum, Rissie and husband Mitch Daubert,
and Meg and husband Rondall Tidmore—who all live in the area. He leaves fifteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving him are his sisters, Mary Lou Welsh and Lynn Werner.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 11th at First United Methodist Church at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund.
So sorry we were out of town and could not be present at the service. What a great man!! I so admired him and enjoyed our visits.
Our prayers are with this family!
Sincerely, Tim & Cheryl
Tim & Cheryl WaffulRoswell, NM
Between Mr. Phillips and Mr. Storey our little league experience started with Web & Corky on the same team with remarkable coaching in the wake of the 56 Championships. The Loudat's can't express our sorrow for your loss. We send our sincere sympathy and condolences to the Phillips family. It was so personal to see all of you at my Mom's (Lois) funeral in 2010! Dad (Ed) passed 4 years ago in Albuquerque.
Love to all.
Corky LoudatGresham, OR
so sorry to hear of your fathers passing
steve scotthouston, TX
I want to extend my sympathy to the whole family. I have known many of you as students, fellow teachers and through out the years. What a wonderful family! May God comfort you at this sad time and weeks ahead.
Jerry (Seale) Stone
Jerry (Seale) StoneRoswell, NM
We send our sincere and deepest sympathy to each of the family for the passing of Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to each of you.
In Much Prayer and Friendship,
Billy and Sharon Bird
Bill BirdRoswell, NM
Joe and Margaret Phillips Family
On behalf of the Jennings family, we are all saddened to learn of Mr. Phillips passing and during this time of bereavement Joe and his family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.
Certainly it is hard to imagine life without the family patriarchs to guide, coach and love us. However, we all were fortunate and blessed to have such incredible parents to love, nurture and guide us in life. Although it has been some time since seeing him, his smile, friendly nature and many generous deeds will always be remembered and cherished.
As children and even adults, your dad was one of the men to whom we all looked-up and admired.
Joe and Margaret were fortunate to have such a long and healthy life together filled with family and friends that all cherish those fond memories.
With kind regards and memories,
Tom JenningsRoswell, NM
We are so very sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in God's sure promise of a resurrection as set forth in the Bible (Acts 24:15, John 5:28, 29). Those who are raised to life on a restored paradise earth will have the prospect of never again being subjected to misery, sickness, and death (Revelation 21:4). These and other comforting Bible verses and thoughts can be found at jw.org.
Bowen Family, NM
Gwen and I send our love and condolences to the entire family. Joe Phillips was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor and what a pleasure it was to know him! I especially want you, Claudia, to give Maggie a great big hug for me and tell her I love her! God bless you all.
Stephen WolfeAmarillo, TX
Meg, Ron and family-our prayers and thoughts are with you. We pray that God will comfort you and give you peace during this time.
Barry AndersonRoswell, NM