Ruby and Willard Phillips

Friday, January 4, 2013
Ruby and Willard Phillips

CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Ruby Phillips, 83, of Chaffee passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Chaffee Nursing Center. Her husband, Willard "Shorty" Phillips, 89, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

Ruby was born Dec. 3, 1929, in Tyronza, Ark., to Oscar and Nina Robertson Sr. Willard was born July 10, 1923, in Bragg City, Mo., to Ethridge and Ola Price Phillips. They were married May 25, 1948.

Willard was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps and served in World War II.

Shorty was owner and operator of Phillips TV and Radio in Chaffee, and was a self-employed commercial pilot and flight instructor. They were both members of First United Methodist Church in Chaffee.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis (Ronnie) Eifert and Judy (Elvis) Abernathy of Chaffee; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Ruby also is survived by a brother, Oscar Robertson Jr. of Jackson, Tenn.; and a half brother, George (Ladina) Robertson of Lake Placid, Fla.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmie Robertson; and a half sister, Alice Freeman.

There is no visitation.

A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Union Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Gwen Streeter officiating.

Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.