Thomas “Tommy” Phillips, a lifetime son of Globe, Ariz. and owner/operator of Tom’s Gila Music for 55 years and retiree of Inspiration/Cyprus Copper Mining Companies, who also worked at Globe Hardware on Broad Street in Globe, Ariz., passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the age of 86 in his home in Little Acres.
Tommy’s dad, Stewart Ivan Phillips, was killed by a drunk driver while he was building the Phillips Motel (Old Town Plaza) and the first full-service gas station in Globe, Ariz. Tommy was two months old. He was raised by his mother, Ethel May, and step-father, Alfred Bednorz.
Growing up, Tommy would work whenever he could at ranches in Cherry Creek as a cowboy herding cattle and also at the gas station for his parents. During World War II he served in the Army in Korea. He returned to Globe to finish his high school education at Globe High School, graduating in 1949. Tommy then attended Arizona State College (now known as ASU), studying Industrial Arts with hopes of being a Vocational Teacher until 1952. He loved horses and his family. His family came first, though.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Delores; his two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Zeigler and LaDonna Mae Melcher of Central Heights; his son, Allen Ivan Phillips of Globe; six grandchildren, Rob Holliday of Central Heights, granddaughter-in-law, Shelly Rail of Globe, Elizabeth “Beth” Holliday and grandson-in-law, Eugene Talico, of San Tan Valley, Ariz., Kenneth Wayne Glass, of Little Elm, Texas; Jayro Phillips of Globe, Natasha and Shane Melcher of Central Heights, and Thomas V. Phillips and Nancy Rose Phillips of Globe; and three great-grandchildren, Kindra and Kristen Holliday of Central Heights, and Jonathan Holliday of Heaven. He was also preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Stewart Phillips and James “Buddy” Bednorz.
Viewing will be held a River of Life Church in Central Heights at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Services will follow at 11 a.m., also at River of Life Church. Burial will be at the Globe Cemetery after the memorial.
Assisting the family; Lamont Mortuary of Globe.