Mr. Phillip Ernest Burroughs left this world and his sickness behind when he entered into Heavenís Gates on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008.

Phillip was born Oct. 31, 1939, in Garber, Okla., to his parents Ernest Merle and Velma McVay Burroughs. Phillip spent most of his school years in Bluejacket, Okla., where he attended and graduated high school. He and his family resided in Bluejacket from 1949 to 1960 until moving to Miami, Okla.

On March 19, 1960, Phillip took Miss Janet Anderson as his bride. He and Janet have lived and raised their family in Miami ever since.

Phillip served is country faithfully in the United States Navy from 1959 until his honorable discharge in 1962. While serving in the Navy he became an aviation jet mechanic. Phillip also held the Navyís Golden Glove Boxing title during his tour of duty.

Phillip retired from the State of Oklahoma as a meat inspector.

Phillip enjoyed many hobbies during his lifetime. He was Debís softball coach during her school years, he loved to fish and enjoyed the outdoors. There was one special hobby Phillip loved most of all. Any given moon lit evening you could find him and his dogs coon hunting. There was no better place for Phillip to be, but with his dogs hunting. Even though he loved his dogs and the outdoors, his family and his grandchildren always took first place.

Although he is no longer with us, his memory and legacy will be kept alive through the family and friends he leaves behind which include: his wife of 48 years, Janet Burroughs of the home; mother, Velma Burroughs of Vinita, Okla.; two sons, Randy and Carole Burroughs of Grove, Okla., and Mark and Mike Feess Burroughs of Tulsa, Okla.; one daughter: Deb and John Williamson of Inola, Okla.; two brothers, Darrel Burroughs of Langley, Okla., and Doyle Burroughs of Fort Gibson, Okla.; three sisters, Darylene Myer of Vinita, Okla., Susan Bassore of Republic, Mo., and Cindy Palmer of Grove, Okla., five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Phillip has been greeted in heaven by his family that has preceded him, his father: Merle Burroughs; one son, Eric Shane Burroughs; one sister, Anita Nail; one brother, Michael Burroughs, and one granddaughter, Alex Burroughs.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church of Miami, Okla., with Brother Ralph Heiney officiating. Interment will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami.

Viewing hours will be today from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to-5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Janet Burroughs through Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home.

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