Noel G. “Bud” Phillips, Jr. passed unexpectedly, yet peacefully, on Friday 16th March 2018, the result of a fall at his home in Panama City Florida.

Born in Graysport, MS on May 28, 1928, son of Noel and Nina Phillips, Bud was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving on the USS Vogelgesang (DD-862) as an Engineering Officer. Following his Navy service, he was employed in the paper manufacturing industry and became Managing Director of the National Board and Paper Mills and Killeen Paper Mills (Waterford and Dublin, Ireland), both subsidiaries of St. Joe Paper, from 1964 to 1982. His love of Ireland and Her people remained with him for the rest of his life.

In his retirement, Bud worked at the Lowe's Home Improvement Center in Panama City for several years; he enjoyed meeting, helping, and providing advice to his many faithful customers on their project needs. An avid, self-taught woodworker, he spent many hours in his workshop skillfully crafting beautiful furniture for family and friends. Bud was very proud of his garden and fruit trees and was dedicated to their care and abundance. Bud is remembered by many as a compassionate, wise, and dutiful individual who placed service before self and never wavered from his responsibilities.

A devoted husband of sixty years to Claire, who preceded him in death in 2015. Loving father to Noel (Sylena), Luke (Felicia), Annette (Bill), grandfather to Noël (Hunter), Tiffani (Travis), Mason (Kayla), Noah, Matthew, Brynn, and great grandfather to Taylor and Mabree, all of whom fondly remember and miss him.

Visitation will be held from 3 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Southerland Funeral Home.

A celebration of Bud’s life will be held at a later time for family and friends. Interment will be in Sabogula, MS.

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Southerland Family Funeral Home

Panama City, FL 32405