NORMAN — Harry Sidney Phillips, age 85, of Newcastle, passed away at his home on Friday, Nov. 15, following a battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 14, 1927 in Goldsby. He was the second of three children born to William “Bill” Edward Phillips and Audrey Bertha (Patton) Phillips.
Harry grew up in the Newcastle community helping his father on the family farm. As a young man, he learned how to work hard and he continued that same work ethic throughout his life. At the age of 17, he began to farm and ranch full time. At the age of 19, he married the love of his life, Nadine White. They were married on Nov. 30, 1946 and to this union they had one daughter, Lauri.
Harry was an honest man who made his living tilling the soil, raising cotton, wheat, alfalfa hay and soy beans. He also enjoyed running cattle and raising horses. Harry worked his land for nearly 50 years before retiring in 1994. After he retired, he worked a short time at Riverside John Deere selling tractors.
Throughout his life Harry loved being in the outdoors. When he wasn’t working, he deeply enjoyed fishing and bird hunting. During the years that his daughter Lauri was growing up, he proudly supported her in all of her school activities. Even farming full time, he never missed one of Lauri’s basketball games. Harry was a faithful Christian Man and was a member of the Newcastle First Baptist Church for over 45 years. For many of those years he served as usher/greeter and on various church committees. He was chosen to serve as a Member on the McClain County ASCS Board for many years because of his farming abilities.
He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father and father-in-law. He will also be remembered as a special brother, a loving uncle to many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Harry will also be remembered as a great friend and neighbor.