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Joseph Oliver Phillips, who lived at 872 S. State St., Lincoln, Ill., died suddenly in his home at 3 P.m. Sunday, March 14, 1954, aged 78 years, 3 months and 12 days. He was talking to his son Henry, and the son noticed that he did not answer, and found him dead. He had apparently suffered a heart attack. Mr. Phillips had been in failing health about a year.
He was born Dec. 2, 1875, on a farm near Lake Fork, Ill., a son of Augusta and Ethel Munyon Phillips. In Springfield on Sept. 20, 1908, he married Della McCurry and they farmed in the Lake Fork area for many years, locating in Lincoln 21 years ago. She preceded him in death Jan. 1946.
Decedent is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lottie Farnam, of Creve Coeur; three sons, Henry of Lincoln; and George and Phillip of Peoria; one sister, Mrs. Dolly Deibert of Decatur; and one brother, James Lee Phillips, of Lake Fork. There are four grandchildren.
The remains were removed to the Schahl funeral home in Mt. Pulaski, where funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, conducted by Rev. I. H. Beckholt, of Lincoln.
Burial was in the Carlyle cemetery west of Mount Pulaski. The pallbearers were: G. R. Batterton, Ralph Cherry, Albert Johnson, Carl Criland, Everett Cherry and Ernest Criland, all of the Cornland community.