Ceifus Phillips was affectionately called “Cebo” by his wife for many years. He was born on November 15, 1929 to the late Richard and Lou Ella Phillips. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings: Richard Phillips, Thomas “T.J.” Phillips, Author Lee Phillips, Savannah Phillips, Garfield Phillips, Irene Payne and Artie Mae Boyd.
Ceifus accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and was baptized in the name of Jesus. For many years, he attended the Apostolic Faith Assembly Church in Niles, Michigan under the leadership of Pastor Alfred Coad and Bishop Carlton Burrel. Ceifus had an impeccable work ethic, and he worked numerous years for the Illinois Central Railroad until he retired. After retiring, he moved to Marvell, Arkansas where he constructed a home for him and his wife Mable.
Ceifus and Mable became members of the Apostolic Life Center Church in Marvell, Ark and worked faithfully in the church until the Lord called him home. He worked tirelessly making sure that the church ground’s and landscaping was taken care of.
Ceifus was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. So many others affectionally called him “Pops” because he was a father figure to many. Although he was a man of few words, his words were full of wisdom and sound instruction. He not only lived what he believed, but he showed others how to be faithful in church and in business.
To cherish his memory, he leaves: a loving wife of 72 years, Mrs. Mable Phillips; 3 sons, Ceifus(Andrea) Phillips, Jr. of Niles, MI; Stevie Phillips of Elkhart, IN and Ricky (Laura)Phillips of West Helena, AR; 2 daughters, Sandra Phillips of Niles, MI and Tracie(Anthony) Phillips-Williams, Sr. of Atlanta, GA; one sister, Mrs. Sally Mae Lillard of Marvell, AR and a dear friend of the family, Sonya Hankerson Phillips with a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.