Fallen soldier laid to rest in Ardmore

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- A local solider who died fighting overseas was laid to rest on Tuesday. Funeral services for Micheal Phillips were held in Ardmore on Tuesday afternoon. Teddy Safo attended the services of a fallen hero.

Friends and those who knew him best say it is Micheal Phillips' smile they will remember most. On Tuesday, the soldier was buried in the town he called home.

Hundreds of family and friends gathered at the Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery Tuesday afternoon to pay their final respects to 19-year-old Micheal Phillips. Micheal was commonly known as "Pokey" to those who knew him best.

Last Sunday, Phillips was riding in a humvee in Baghdad, Iraq, when a roadside device exploded near the humvee he was riding in and killed him.

In addition to those who attended Tuesday afternoon's service, hundreds of others honored Phillips on Sunday by coming out of their homes and businesses to solemnly watch the motorcade that carried his remains from the airport to the funeral home.

A graduate of Ardmore High School, Phillips put his college plans aside so he could enlist in the military. During his senior year, he joined the Army, and later became part of the prestigious 101st Airborne Division.

Now, Phillips has arrived home for the last time.

Phillips is survived by his parents, two brothers, and a sister.

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  • by Jessica Love Location: Ardmore on Mar 6, 2008 at 01:58 PM
    We love you pokey, Thank you for fighting for us. we'll always be my hero.
  • by Anonomous Location: Ardmore on Mar 5, 2008 at 11:45 AM
    As a Patriot Guard Rider, it was my honor to both escort Micheal Phillips on Sunday and stand the flag line at his burial on Tuesday. Rest now soldier, your job is done and we will never forget the sacrifice you made doing it. May your family know they are in all of our prayers.
  • by Kenny Browne Location: Norwalk,Connecticut. on Mar 5, 2008 at 03:31 AM
    Rest in Peace ,Micheal.. God Bless your family Fozzy and Angie..
  • by Teri Location: Ardmore on Mar 4, 2008 at 09:45 PM
    May you rest in PEACE now "Pooky". The Phillips' family is a wonderful family and It is very sad that they lost such an important part of their family. You are in our thoughts.
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Mar 4, 2008 at 08:07 PM
    As This soldiers father, I would like to thank the long list of people who turned out to support us in this very difficult time.
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