William D. Phillips

  • Born: May 2, 1947
  • Died: September 1, 2007
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio, TX 78212

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Tribute & Message From The Family

William Davis Phillips Bill went to be with the Lord on September 1, 2007 at the age of 60. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Janet W. Phillips, his children, Davis Phillips and his wife Kari, Dana Dunham and her husband Chuck, brother Rusty Phillips and wife Becky, brother Bob Phillips and his wife Susan, grandchildren Lizzie, Annie and Rosie Dunham, and Willie and Jackson Phillips.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Betty Phillips, and granddaughter Katelyn Rose Dunham. Bill was born on May 2, 1947 in Austin, Texas and graduated from San Marcos High School. He received his Masters degree in Music from Southwest Texas State University. As a band director for more than 10 years, Bill touched thousands of young lives.

Following in his fatherĀ's footsteps, he then went on to build a successful career in tourism and a family business, Phillips Entertainment, which operates three successful tourist attractions in San Antonio, Texas. Bill brought great joy and laughter to all who knew him, and he was often the life of the party. He and Janet are members of University United Methodist Church and served with Meals on Wheels for several years. Bill will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Mr. Phillips will be greatly missed. As a former member of the DHS Band - Class '82. He made band fun & yet we learned the qualities needed to be a leader, responsibility for self as well as how to contribute to a bigger picture. Although, I only had him in band his last 2 yrs @ DHS, they were FULL of a great legacy of how to enjoy life. My sympathies to the family in this time of loss. Cherish the memories as we all will.
In Sympathy -
Annette Morrell Story

Posted by Annette Morrell Story - Duncanville, TX   September 25, 2007

I just heard about Bill and was shocked. We shared so many laughs and memories our first year in college as roommates, and I include Bill in that since he was always with us. Please contact me or send me your email or address, I would love to come see you. You will be in my prayers during this time of change. Suzy

Posted by Suzy Belitzer Citek - Fischer, TX   September 23, 2007

I am so saddened by the news of Mr. Phillips' passing. When my family moved from Illinois to Duncanville, TX in January of 1975, it was during Mr. Phillips' first year as band director at Duncanville High School. I was only in fifth grade, but my three older brothers were in high school. Mr. Phillips took over a marching band that was very much in need of leadership as it had not done very well up to that point in various competitions. Mr. Phillips let his goal be known by having a very simple phrase hanging on all the walls in the band hall: "OUR GOAL - #1 IN STATE." In addition, he gave our band a slogan, and put that up on the band hall walls as well: "PRIDE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE."

In only his third year as band director, he would see the DHS Band go to the finals for the very first time in the annual Parade of Champions held at the Cotton Bowl during the Texas State Fair. They scored third place that year. Two years later, my freshman year, we scored second place. My sophomore year, we made it all the way to first place. Mr. Phillips' goals had been realized in only six years.

Unfortunately, that would be his last year as our band director as he was beginning to have hearing problems. That was 27 years ago, and to this day, he remains my favorite teacher of all time. I have so much respect for him. Being in band with him as band director was not easy. He really made us work hard, but in turn, he made us strive to be the best we could be. That's what a teacher should do, and he did it so well.

I know I speak for the thousands of band students he taught over the years when I say that he will be dearly missed. I send my deepest condolences to his family. I also want them to know how proud they should be of a man who enriched so many lives by making us work hard to strive to be our best. He will never be forgotten. God Bless You, Bill Phillips.

Posted by Tony Verive - Bartlett, IL   September 16, 2007

I was sad when I heard the news about Bill. I have such fond memories of him. He was one of those special people that one never forgets. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Mary Ann Hyatt - San Marcos, TX   September 07, 2007

Our deepest sympathy are with your family.
Nicci Harrison and family-Gayle, Blake and Brad from San Marcos

Posted by Nicci Harrison - San Marcos, TX   September 06, 2007

We join many others in our warm and caring memories of Bill. We will miss him. Our love and prayers go to all who share in this loss.

Posted by Ed and Laura Wideman - Orlando, FL   September 05, 2007

Bill, you will be truly missed. I am glad I had the opportunity to attend SMHS with you.You wre a great person.May God grant you peace in his kingdom.
Loretta Pastrano

Posted by Loretta Pastrano - San Marcos, TX   September 05, 2007

Dear Janet,
We feel fortunate that we got to be with you and Bill at Loraine's birthday party a few months ago. It was a fun time and Bill, as always, was a joy to be with and the life of the party. He will be missed by so many. Our love to you and your family, Linda and Bruce

Posted by Linda and Bruce Harper - Kyle, TX   September 05, 2007

Janet, I was just thinking of you and Bill this last week
of a August. I would always tell my children how sweet
you all were with me. I saw Loraine Harper last year and I asked for you all. For some reason I remembered Bill this Monday, telling my friends that
Loraine had said, that Bill always brought joy and laughter to everyone when you all got together.
My deepest sympathy for you and your family.

Posted by Gumesinda cindy Pastrano De Leon - San marcos, TX   September 05, 2007

I was so sorry to hear about Bill's death. My thoughts and prayers go out to Janet and the children and the Phillips family as well as Janet's sister's family, the Funks. I know your close family will comfort one another. Carol Dean Osterman

Posted by Carol Dean Osterman - Phoenix, AZ   September 04, 2007

I was in the SWT Bobcat band when Bill was Drum Major. He was incredible! I am truly sorry to hear of his passing.

Posted by Shann Manning Gary - Uvalde, TX   September 04, 2007

My deepest sympathy. I probably haven't seen you since May 1965, but I can still see Bill leading the SM Rattler Band.

Posted by DeAnn Schubert White - Staples, TX   September 04, 2007

To the Phillips family,

We are sorry that we can?t be with you in person at the Memorial Service, but wanted to pay tribute to Bill who is simply irreplaceable. I remember the first time I met Bill was at a Ripley?s managers meeting in the Bahamas. His passion for life, his jokes, his laughter and his genuineness was refreshing and endearing. We immediately ?clicked? and that began a long friendship, now over 20 years.

He was like a big brother I never had, always looking out for me and vice versa. I remember how he hated the cold weather and the year we had the Ripley?s managers meeting in Quebec City, Bill brought his mink earmuffs along, complaining how brutally cold it was. At the end of the meeting, he gave me his ear muffs with the comment that he hoped he would never need them again! I still have those ear muffs along with the memories of Bill in those earmuffs with me playing tour guide showing him the ice sculptures.

Yet I also remember the fact that while he hated cold weather, he could not sleep if the thermostat seemed to be above 66 degrees. I remember staying with Bill and Janet and Bill profusely apologizing while up on a little ladder trying to close the vents in my room to make it warmer.

I also remember his favorite drink because the first time I heard him order it, I?d never heard it quite enunciated like Bill did with his Texas accent. ?Tall Vodka 7 and lime?.

And then there were his jokes?.and more jokes?..and more jokes. I think he?s the only person that I?ve known that had such an inventory of jokes and one could always count on getting an email from Bill that would make you laugh or gasp.

Of course there were those memorable experiences from Ripley?s managers meetings that those of us who were there will always remember and chuckle about. And while Bill was a very jovial, fun loving person he also had a serious side to him.

Bill & I could sit and talk for hours about anything and everything. From business to religion, politics and pranks. The time would fly by when we were in conversation. I remember well when Bill & Janet, Bob & Susan, Raymond & Shula Torbati and Warren & I were on the Pattison yacht. Bill & I had decided to go on deck to just catch up. Hours later the rest of the gang came looking for us and Janet laughed and told everyone that they haven?t stopped talking for hours and to just leave us alone because ?they just need to do this?.

I also remember Bill?s love for his family. Janet was the love of his life and best friend. He relished the openness he had with his children Davis and Dana and one could see how close this family is. And then came the grand children. Oh boy! The day that Bill became a grandpa was icing on the cake for him. How often did I hear him say that being a dad and a grandfather was the best thing in life.

Bill is one of those people who we can honestly say made our life better for knowing him. Over the last few years I could see a spirituality grow in Bill and his faith play a more important role in his life. Bill was a good man. All good things come from God and I look forward to seeing him in heaven.

In celebration of his life,
Sylvia & Warren Matiko

Posted by Sylvia & Warren Matiko - Nashville, TN   September 03, 2007

The world has lost a ray of sunshine. He brought happiness to so many and will be dearly missed.

Posted by Penny Edwards Vaughn - New Braunfels, TX   September 03, 2007

Davis,we were saddened to hear of your Father's passing. He was one of the first people we met at our initial Ripley's meeting in Quebec and we shared lots of laughs. Kindly entend our condolences to the rest of your family. Thom & Heather

Posted by Thom & Heather Mac Millan - Wood Islands   September 03, 2007

Bill was a hightly influential and motivating factor in my professional career, and a close personal friend and colleague. My recently deceased partner of almost 25 years, Charles Chapman, and I spent many a wonderful evening being hosted by Bill and Janet in their home in the Dallas area during our wax museum days. We'd sit on the floor for hours under the soft glow of candlelight, sipping vino and talking about anything and everything. Those were great times. And some of my happiest and most rewarding professional times were during the many creative endeavors we enjoyed over the years. Though he couldn't draw a stick figure and admitted so!, he had a true artist's soul, and a great eye. He also was a man totally comfortable with himself. He told me many times that, if given a chance, he wouldn't be anybody but himself. I always remembered that -- it's a great lesson to live by. He also told me that the very first thing you should do when entering a tourist attraction is visit the rest room. If it's clean and well taken care of, then the tourist attraction will usually be of high quality. And that is so true! I shall miss him. I extend my deepest sympathies to dear Janet, and all the family and friends.

Posted by Drew Edward Hunter - Jacksonville, HI   September 03, 2007

Janet and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Mark and Jennifer Hecht

Posted by Mark and Jennifer Hecht - San Antonio, TX   September 03, 2007

Dear Janet & Family - I was so sorry to hear about Bill. He was a wonderful man and he will be truly missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. With Sympathy, Sharon Berry

Posted by Sharon & Pat Berry;Jennifer & Walter Powell; Elizabeth & Brian - New Orleans, LA   September 03, 2007

My Dear Friend Bill,

You are a special human being and will be sadly missed in this world. You always knew the right words of encouragement, had a warm heart and the knack to make everyone laugh. Your warped sense of humour was unmatchable - and I will miss your emails tremendously!

My love and prayers go out to your dear wife Janet, who I was never lucky enough to meet, but heard so much about. And also to your pride and joy, Davis and Dana... as well as all the grandchildren and extended family members.

I wish so much I could be with you for the rememberance service, but I will always remember Bill for the warm person he always was to me.

My condolences to you all.

Jan Johnson.

Posted by Jan Johnson - Burlington   September 03, 2007

Janet & Family...Perry & I were saddened to hear of Bill's passing. It seems only yesterday we were having lots of fun in high school. Bill was a friend to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Perry & Pam Settemeyer

Posted by Pam Storey Settemeyer - San Antonio, TX   September 03, 2007

It was a privilege to know Bill. He was a great teacher with patience and a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed. May the pain of his family's loss be softened with the knowledge he is no longer suffering and is now at peace in the presence of our Lord.

Posted by Syd & Tammy Johnston - Paris, TX   September 02, 2007