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Gerald Lee “Buck” Phillips

Gerald Lee “Buck” Phillips, age 76, of Watson, Oklahoma passed away on Friday, November 6, 2020 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  He was born to Roy Phillips and Cleo Phillips (Barton) on December 28, 1944 in Smithville Oklahoma.

Buck worked as a breeder of Braunveih cattle and a farmer.  He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, bluegrass festivals and telling his cattle stories to his friends. Many will remember him as the local unofficial veterinarian, always willing to help.  Buck also served his community as a member of the Watson Volunteer Fire Department. He loved the Lord and was a member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Watson, Oklahoma.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Mary Lou Phillips; son, Rick Phillips and his wife Jane; Daughter Rhonda Mize and husband David; grandchildren, Jakki Melton and husband Jeremy, Justin Phillips and wife Jessie, Colton Mize and Ricky Joe Phillips; great grandchild Jaxon Melton; sisters, Jean Carter and Wanda Tunnell; Step Grandchildren, Alyse Brunskill and husband Aaron, Amber Goupil and Jarek Goupil; Step Great Grandson, Wade Goupil.  A host of nieces, nephews, and family too numerous to mention.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside service will be Monday, November 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m at Watson Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma with Brother Ed Rogers officiating. Interment under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Colton Mize, Ricky Joe Phillips, Justin Phillips, Jeremy Melton, Mike Carter and Derrick Blake.  Honorary pallbearers are Arla Toon, Darrin Toon and Kevin Toon.

Visitation is general.

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