Phillips Class of 1972
Ricky Phillips, Dora High School Class of 1972 is beginning a new and
exciting phase of his life. He’s launching his own business. Ricky
has worked for CAPSCO Industries in Sumiton for 30 years and he went to
school at night at Bevill State and UAB to earn his State Journeyman and
Master Plumber and Gas Fitter’s Cards. He said “I’ve
been doing plumbing and gas projects for many years, but never thought
I could let go of the day job to go it on my own, but now just seemed
like the right time.”
Ricky was the shop foreman in his previous employment and was responsible
for preparing pipe for sprinkling systems for projects all over the south.
But now the real work starts he jokes.
His “real job” was raising three children with his wife of
30 years Debra (Best) Phillips.
James and Haven Phillips have already
graduated from Dora High and Samantha, the baby started to Dora this week.
She is on the dance team and the volleyball team. “Keeping that bunch
in line is a handful,” he says with a grin.
Ricky who has lived in Empire most of his adult life, has dreamed of owning
his own business for many years. Even in high school, he spent holidays
and summers helping has dad Sharky Phillips, do plumbing jobs in the area.
His favorite part of high school was the vocational education because it
was hands on.
What’s in the future for Ricky? “Well, I’ve got to get
enough work to stay off of welfare,” he jokes. I’m in the process
of putting together a new website for R&H Plumbing so that people can
find me on the web. “I’m also getting ready for a new grand
daughter that is due early next year,” he says. James and Andrea Morrow
Phillips had their first son Stone Xavier in 2003 and they found out a month
or so ago that number two is on the way. Ricky and Debra’s second
son Haven was married to Alesha Williams last year.
He says he would love to hear from his old friends from Dora High. He currently
has a temporary email address of firstname.lastname@example.org but that
will change once his new website is up and working. You can call Ricky at
Ricky Phillips in a rare moment of rest