Phil George Kilgore

November 26, 1946 - March 22, 2022

Phil George Kilgore, 75, of Lumberton TX, passed away on Tuesday, the 22nd of March, 2022.

Phil was born on November 26, 1946 in Beaumont, Texas. Upon graduating from French High School in 1965, he went on to join the United States Army. Phil was a veteran during the Vietnam War. He served honorably and was discharged December 17, 1970.

In 1966, Phil met his beloved wife Betty, and they married that same year. In 1967, Phil and Betty were blessed with the birth of their son, Jeffrey Carl Kilgore. He was blessed yet again with a wonderful daughter in-law, Heather Regina Kilgore, and two grandsons, William Hunter Kilgore and George Skyler Kilgore.

Phil’s experience in the Army played a very important role in his life. He frequently pointed out that the military taught him the value of discipline, teamwork, and investing in a cause larger than himself. He would often explain to loved ones how these values contributed to his success & strong work ethic throughout his life.

After his service in the military Phil joined the local 195 Pipefitters Union and started a long successful career in the industrial construction industry where he ultimately founded his first business Lindbergh Steel Fabrication in 1980. His business graciously provided an amazing life for his family and friends until he retired in 2001. After a short retirement, mostly consisting of driving Betty crazy, he co-founded Kilgore Industrial with his son Jeff in 2009 and returned to work where he remained Vice President for more than 13 years. Phil spent his days at Kilgore Industrial serving as a great leader, while enjoying the benefit of being surrounded by his family. Throughout his career, he formed many successful relationships and left a lasting impact on everyone he worked with and met.

Phil was blessed with participating and leading many civic groups and events. Some of his numerous successes and achievements are Lumberton Chamber of Commerce President, Lumberton Small Businessman Of The Year, Lumberton Citizen Of The Year and Lumberton Masonic Lodge Community Builder Of The Year. He was a member of and held numerous titles and positions in the Lumberton Lions Club, Woodcrest United Methodist Church, The Village Creek Festival, The Economic Development Corporation, Lumberton Civic Mens Club and City of Lumberton Home Rule Charter Committee. One of his most coveted achievements was winning the Dolly Parton Look-Alike Contest in 1992, a title sought after by men both far and wide.

Phil was also a passionate grill master, Casino expert, cigar connoisseur and an avid world traveler. He enjoyed and appreciated the simple pleasures of life such as hunting and fishing, grape jelly on white toast, watching John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies, the Hallmark channel and M*A*S*H. You could always find him at his happy place in Cabo San Lucas eating breakfast at the “Tiki Bar” walking around the marina and always sneaking off to the casino where he would then exchange his winning pesos for dollars with Jeff at “The Phil Exchange Rate.”

Phil was a “Man’s Man,” determined to provide for his family and give them the life that they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world, something he proudly and often mentioned. He appreciated his family endlessly, always supporting them no matter the need. A man of few words, Phil always had an impact wherever he was and when he did talk everyone listened. Strongly opinionated and set in his way; he also had the biggest, kindest, most generous heart. Family man, patriarch, a force of nature; he always put his loved ones first and made everyone feel safe. He loved a good laugh and has filled many lives with meaning and purpose.

Anyone who knew Phil knew that he was the most loving father and husband a family could ask for. Phil was preceded in death by his father, the late Carl Glen Kilgore, his mother, the late Mary Evelyn Kilgore, and his twin sister Phyllis Lucille Kilgore, all of Beaumont. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Betty Benoit Kilgore; his son, Jeffrey Carl Kilgore and his spouse Heather Griffin Kilgore; his two grandsons, William Hunter Kilgore and George Skyler Kilgore; and his siblings, Harry Herschel Kilgore, Brenda Mae Glover and Carlene Heiman and numerous nieces and nephews.

A gathering of Mr. Kilgore’s family and friends will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 25, 2022, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713, with his interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • March 24, 2022
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Funeral Service

Wesley United Methodist Church
  • 3810, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • March 25, 2022
  • 10:00 am

Interment

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,

Comments (15)

    Diana Worry says:

    Betty, Jeff, Heather and Boys – I count myself among the lucky ones to have known Phil and had the opportunity to work with him on the Lumberton Chamber Board. Can’t express how sorry I am for your loss – I miss his smile and humor already. Diana Worry

    Peggy Sterling Scarborough says:

    Phil was one of a kind. We went to French High School together. He was always a gentleman and would give you the shirt off his back. Did I mention he was a big cut-up? He loved fast cars, making others laugh, & thought West Side Story was ridiculous, but went with all of us anyway. Phil said, “Who ever heard of a gang dancing & jumping around before a fight?” I lost count on how many times he rolled his eyes. Good times! He was loved by many. I’m sure his twin sister, Phyllis, met Phil to welcome him home.

    Paige Cochran Balla & Kenny Balla says:

    “Aunt” Betty, Jeff, Heather, and family: I have so many memories of us growing up, especially from the beach with our cabins. “Uncle ” Phil was hysterically funny and one of the sweetest persons to me. He would do things just to see me laugh. I just love y’all and wish we had more time. Going to the Jetty’s to crab was good times. Jeff, Kelli and me in the Halflinger with Phil and Jim driving down the beach was so much fun. I truly am heartbroken with y’all and love you! I wish I could say something to make this time better. The world was better with Phil Kilgore and every family should be so lucky. We are with you all and will pray for everyone’s peace! God Bless !

    Diane and Fred Goodman says:

    We are sending our prayers and condolences to the family. May God’s peace be with you. Hugs from Diane and Fred

    Fred O Campbell says:

    He was a wonderful person to be around. Full of wisdom and wit. Phil and his group of men helped raise money for Operation Graduation 1999 and 2001. He was a master on the grill. So many listened to his stories and laughed at his jokes. He was one in a million. He will be greatly missed.
    My condolences to his family.

    Sid and Carol Dumatrait says:

    Phil was Sid’s best friend locally. We enjoyed when we were with y’all. We loved y’all like family. I will be available for you when you need a shoulder or prayer or food, anything. Just call or come by. Love Sid and Carol

    Lumberton Chamber of Commerce says:

    On behalf of the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce, our heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Kilgore’s family. Old photos hand in the Chamber office and reflect his dedication to the Chamber and the Lumberton community. Prayers of comfort.

    Debbie Farran says:

    Phil was such a great man with a heart bigger than Texas. He touched so many lives without ever wanting any recognition. All my love and prayers to Betty, Jeff, Heather and the boys.

    John Reaux says:

    I see you lived a very full and good life, I know your family and friends are going to miss you, but you will greet them in heaven.

    Daisy and Collin Stoops says:

    Everyone is in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss of such a dear man. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for y’all.
    Big comforting hugs.
    Love ya.

    Kelli Cochran says:

    Mrs. Kilgore, Jeff, Heather and family:
    I would like to say how sorry I am for your loss. Mr. Kilgore is someone whose sense of humor I have always thought about through the years. He was a very kind person and I know that you will all miss him immensely. I wish I could say something that would make you feel better, but I know that is not possible at this time. I hope that you know we love you and will be praying for you.
    Love, Kelli Cochran

    Elaine Karr Robinson says:

    So sorry for your loss.

    Diane Cannon says:

    So very sorry for your loss!

    Susan Collins says:

    Jeff and family – I am so sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. I will hold you all close in my heart and prayers as you travel this most difficult road. May the Lord bless and comfort you all.

    Rayedene Graves says:

    Dear Betty, Jeff, Heather and boys, my heart is broken for you. Phil touched many people, and I was one of those. He was truly my brother in heart. Bill and I send our love to you all.

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