Reverend Lawrence Wayne “Skipper” Phillips

August 8, 1937 - January 17, 2023

Reverend Lawrence Wayne “Skipper” Phillips, 85, of Lumberton Tx, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. He was born August 8, 1937, in Texas City, to Homer and Faye Myer Phillips. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He pastored at the First Baptist Church of Loeb for 26 years before retiring in 2005.

Skipper moved to Kirbyville at the age of 3. He attended Kirbyville High School where he was a prominent athlete in both football and basketball. He then attended Stephen F Austin University on a basketball scholarship. As a young man he worked at the Kirbyville feed store at which time he met his wife, Coy. They then moved to Port Arthur where he became a firefighter for the Port Arthur Fire Department. Later he worked in the petro-chemical industry at both Dupont and Goodrich-Gulf.

Answering the call to the ministry, he hauled his wife and 3 children up to Marshall, Tx, where he completed his education in theology at East Texas Baptist University. After completing his degree, the Lord led him to Savannah Baptist Church in Linden-Kildare. He then returned to Marshall to pastor Friendship Baptist Church for 6 years. In 1979 he came to Lumberton where he served the faithful community of First Baptist Church of Loeb.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Coy Phillips; children, Richard Phillips and his wife, Patricia, of Livingston; Mike Phillips of Maud, Oklahoma, and Karon Huebel and her husband, Jeff, of Lumberton; grandchildren, Amber Holt and her husband, Jimmy, of Hallsville; Brandi Talbot of Groves, Jarrod Talbot of Nederland, Blake Lowe of Vidor, Zachary Phillips of McKinney, Bry Huebel and his wife, Taylor, of Lumberton, Bree Huebel of New Britain, Connecticut, Elizabeth Powell and her husband, Michael  and Darin Murphy and his wife, Amber, of Lufkin; as well as numerous great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Faye Phillips; brothers, Max, Roy and S.J. Phillips and daughter-in-law, Kim Phillips.

A gathering of Mr. Phillips’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee. His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Broussard’s, with his interment to follow at Kirbyville City Cemetery, Kirbyville.


Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Silsbee
  • 490, Cemetery Road, Silsbee, Texas, 77656,
  • January 21, 2023
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Silsbee
  • 490, Cemetery Road, Silsbee, Texas, 77656,
  • January 22, 2023
  • 2:00 pm


Kirbyville City Cemetery
  • 286, Shaw Guy Road, Kirbyville, Texas, 75956,
  • January 22, 2023
  • 3:00 pm

Comments (2)

    Jerry+Brown says:

    I worked with Skipper at the Port Arthur Fire Department. Good firefighter and good man.

    Dorothy Overstreet says:

    Skippers favorite hymn “ Near to the heart of God”There is a place of quiet rest , Near to the heart of God ,a place where sin cannot molest , o Jesus blest Redeemer , sent from the heart of God ,Hold those who wait before You ,Near to the Heart of God ❤️ A simple message from a country pastor ❤️ I love the Phillps family ❤️Rest in the arms of Jesus ,Brother Phillps ????

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