Class of 1956
Mr. John Edward Phillips, age 72 of Sumiton died Saturday, June 5, 2010 at Baptist Medical Center Princeton. Funeral services were 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 8 2010, at Bell Sumiton Chapel with burial in Lawler Cemetery. Rev. Donnie Hyche officiated. Visitation was 6:00 to 8:00PM Monday at the funeral home. Bell Funeral Home Sumiton handled the arrangements. Mr. Phillips was a 1956 graduate of Dora High School and was retired from P&M Coal Company. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vollie and Cora Squires Phillips. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Linda Wilbert Phillips of Sumiton; loving daughters Jennie Phillips of Sumiton, Kathy Phillips Banks and her husband Patrick of Fairhope, and Brandy Phillips Wilkerson and her husband Charles of Thomasville; very special grandchildren Alexander Edward Phillips and Emma Nichole Wilkerson; brothers Gordon Phillips and his wife, Jim of Sayre and David Phillips and his wife, Paula of Dora; sister Paula Nell Weigant and her husband Robert of Jasper; niece Anya Phillips McGill and her husband Ryan of Dora; and special friends William and Ann Parr of Empire and Nell Glover of Sumiton. Pallbearers were Jimmy Wilbert, Austin Wilbert, Patrick Banks, Charles Wilkerson, Alex Phillips and William Banks.
Raymond E. "Ray" Robbins, 60, an engineer on the Apollo space program in the late 60's and early 70's died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998, at his residence in Sumiton. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, at Sumiton United Methodist Church with burial at McCormack Cemetery. The Revs. Alan Swindall, Mike Williams and Mark Adams will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at Sumiton United Methodist Church. New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home will direct. Robbins graduated from Dora High School in 1956 and from Auburn University with a B.S. degree in Industrial Management in 1960. After serving as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and an engineer for Hayes Aircraft in Birmingham, he joined Boeing in Huntsville in 1963. In 1967, he moved to Boeing's Houston Apollo Spacecraft program where he served as an Industrial Engineer. For his efforts on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, his name was entered into the Apollo/Saturn V Roll of Honor. Copies of this volume have been placed in the Library of Congress, in the Smithsonian, and with a monument on the moon. He also received a medal and citation for his work with others in the engineering and construction of the craft that bore astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins to the moon. After leaving Boeing, he returned to Walker County and worked in property development and residential construction. Robbins was a lifelong member of Sumiton United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, William Garland Robbins. He is survived by his mother, Bertha Mae Ingram Robbins of Sumiton; two sisters, Sarah Jane "Janie" Robbins of Birmingham and Sharon and her husband, Wayne Jones of Jasper; niece, Meredith Jones of Auburn; and two nephews, Britton Jones of Jasper and Brandon and his wife, Jodi Jones of Longview, Texas.
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