Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ermal Fay Phillips, 81, of Prineville, Ore., passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Prineville Missionary Baptist Church. Graveside services will follow at Juniper Haven Cemetery.

He was born on June 8, 1930, in Golden, to Elvin Turner and Nettie Margie (Davis) Phillips. He was raised in Golden and Exeter.

He graduated from Exeter High School. After high school, he married Verla Mae Cole on April 11, 1948, in Exeter. They then moved to Boise, Idaho, and then moved to Prineville, Ore., in 1949. He attended two years of college and attained an electrical degree, becoming certified as an electrician in 1961.

In the early 1980s, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, while working as a commercial estimator. They returned to Prineville, Ore., in 1990.

Survivors include: his wife, Verla Mae Phillips, of Prineville, Ore.; sons, Dennis Ray and his wife, Mary Beth Phillips, of Gaithersburg, Md.; daughters, Janice Kay and her husband, Bill Mintiens, of Sisters, Ore., and Lila Faye and her husband, Patrick Nelson, of Eugene, Ore., and Vickie Gay and her husband, Mickey Hall, of Lincoln City, Ore.; sisters, Retha Maye Radue, of Clinton, Utah, and Naomi Elvina Geerhart, of Boise, Idaho; and brother, Roy Lee Phillips, of Boise, Idaho; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Raymond.

Arrangements are in the care of the Prineville Funeral Home.