John Ben "JB" Phillips, 79, passed away on November 14, 2008 in San Antonio after suffering from renal cell cancer. Originally from Abilene, JB was the son of Max Morrow Phillips and Leona Hancock. After high school, JB attended New Mexico Military Institute and served in WWII and the Korean War and was a POW for several months before he was released. JB loved the military as his second family as it taught him many valuable lessons. Captain Phillips was later transferred to Fort Knox and Regensburg, Germany where he served his country before he left the Army for Del Rio, Texas. JB married Betty Zuehl and together they raised their four children. Betty preceded him in death on Sept. 6, 1984. JB 's second career was becoming the Mobil Oil Distributor in Del Rio for many years. JB is survived by one son, John Morrow Phillips of Liberty Hill, TX. and three daughters: Beverly Scott of Austin, Lee Ann Weeks of Denver, and Susan McPhail of Kerrville. Five grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren also survive. Our father was generous to a fault, especially with his children. Strong willed, JB loved being the life of the party as he had an infectious personality. One of his favorite sayings: "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not, genius will not, education will not... Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. " A memorial service is scheduled for 1:15 Friday, Nov.20th at Fort Sam Houston Natl. Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach, San Antonio, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to : American Cancer Society, 8115 Datapoint, San Antonio, TX. 78229 or online at To leave a note for the family, go to and select Obituaries. Arrangements by Meadowlawn Crematory and American Mortuary.

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  1. To our son-in-law John, Beverly, Lee Ann, Susie and your families, we want to express our sympathy to you all. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

  2. John & family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these sad times. God bless you and your family.

  3. John, Beverly, LeeAnn, and Susie, So sorry to read of your Dad’s passing. My prayers and sympathy are with you and your families.

  4. What a friend J.B. always was to us….it was always a treat when he walked in the front door of Del Rio Flying Service! He will be missed by many…our love and prayers, Jonella and George

  5. JB was always a postive person and a joy to listen to. I have always thought well of him and his insights into business. He will truly be missed by all. God bless his family.

  6. Dear Phillips Family: It is with deepest sadness that I extend my condolences to you on the loss of your beloved. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I am sincerely thankful for his valiant service and dedication to our great country. May the love and the wonderful memories you shared with him help you when you need it most. He will never be forgotten, and your family will be remembered in my prayers.

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