Bill was born on the 25th of July, 1920, in Mart, Texas and attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he received a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1941. Among many activities at The University, he played trumpet and lettered in the Longhorn Band.
Following his graduation from UT, he attended Submarine School in Annapolis and served in the U.S. Navy as a Lt. JG aboard the submarine USS-234 Kingfish as diving officer.
Following WWII, he worked for Union Producing Company in various management capacities, and as Union Producing was acquired by Pennzoil Company, Bill was ultimately World Wide Vice President of drilling and production.
Later, Pennzoil spun off its Gulf of Mexico assets and formed Pogo Producing Company, where he was Senior VP of Drilling and Production until he retired in the early 1990’s. Bill worked for Union Producing and Pennzoil in many locations including Houma Louisiana, Beeville, Corpus Christi and Houston, Texas.
Bill was always a giving person with God given talents and, while living in Beeville, he was instrumental in helping the community create a local community college (Bee County College, now Coastal Bend College) and a new memorial hospital.
Bill was an avid hunter and golfer and played golf into his late 80’s at his club in Houston Lakeside Country Club. Bill was an active long-time member of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston, where he served on its board in many capacities over the years. His association with The University of Texas included the Longhorn Foundation, Longhorn Alumni Band, The Chancellors Council and many, many others.
He attended virtually every UT home game from the early 1970’s through 2008. Bill also enjoyed ranching and raised registered Texas Longhorns at ranches in Bee and Lavaca Counties, Texas. His favorite ranch was near Shiner, where he had many long-time friends.
One of his is most enjoyable activities were taking his grandkids fishing in a pond with farm raised cafish. Bill was married to Inez Phillips for over 56 years, until she died in December 2000. While married, they traveled around the world.
Bill is survived by his two sons, Bill Phillips and his wife Cathy; and their two children, Clayton and Elizabeth of Richardson, Texas; and a son, Tom Phillips of California.
Family and friends gathered to share remembrances during a visitation last Friday evening at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
A funeral service was then conducted on Saturday in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, where Rev. Thomas Hill officiated.
The graveside service and interment followed at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway in Houston.
Bill will always be remembered as a man who always gave everything and asked for nothing in return.