Gloria Goode Phillips

Class of 1964


Gloria Gayle Goode Philips, beloved daughter, wife, mother and grandmother passed into the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, February 17, 2012, at the Lighthouse at Altenheim Hospice, Round Rock, Texas.
Gloria was born on February 4, 1946, in Houston, Texas, to Bernice L. Goode and Gayle Gandy Goode. She spent her youth as an United States Air Force family member, residing in Atwater, California, Orlando, Florida, and Tachikawa Air Force Base, Japan. She attended Crockett Junior High in Orlando, and graduated from Yamato High School in Japan in 1964.  Following high school graduation, Gloria attended the Church College of Hawaii, in Laie, and later the University of Texas, in Austin, where she married Ronald D. Phillips, her life long partner. After college, Gloria supported her husband as an Army wife, during his twenty-six year military career in the U. S. Army, living over eleven years in Germany, and in various military bases within the United States, while raising two beautiful sons, Ronald Scott and Steven Gary Phillips.
On retirement, Gloria moved with Ron to Flower Mound, and later to Pflugerville, Texas, where the family still resides. Gloria was a long time member of the St. Mark's Methodist Church, Augusta, Georgia, and active in the First United Methodist Church, Round Rock.
The greatest joys of her life were her grand children whom she adored, and connecting with friends and classmates from Orlando and Japan.
Gloria leaves a legacy of love, laughter, friendship and grace. We thank God for sharing this beautiful soul with us.
Gloria was preceded in death by her mother, Gayle Gandy Goode. She is survived by her father, Bernice L. Goode (Longview, TX); husband Ron Phillips (Pflugerville, TX); sons Ronald Scott Phillips (Arlington, TN) and Steven Gary Phillips (Pflugerville, TX); sisters Glenna Goode and Gina Goode (Frisco, TX); grandchildren Connor Phillips and Kendall Phillips (Arlington, TN), and Victoria Phillips (Pflugerville, TX); and neices/nephews Lauren Ashley Phillips (Los Angeles, CA), Taylor Phillips (Midland, TX), Evan Bogner and Marcy Bogner (Frisco, TX).


Powerful poem read at Gloria's memorial service.

Byron Jackson edited version of “Go Down, Death” by James Weldon Johnson

Weep not, weep not, She is not dead;

Gloria is resting in the bosom of Jesus.

Heart-broken husband--weep no more; Grief-stricken son--weep no more; Left-lonesome loved ones --weep no more;

She only just gone home.

Friday morning,

God was looking down from his great, high heaven,

Looking down on all his children, And his eye fell on Sister Gloria,

Tossing on her bed of pain. And God's big heart was touched with pity,

With the everlasting pity.

And God sat back on his throne, And he commanded that tall, bright angel standing at his right hand:

Call me Death! And that tall, bright angel cried in a voice that broke like a clap of thunder:

Call Death!--Call Death! And the echo sounded down the streets of heaven till it reached away back to that shadowy place,

Where Death waits with his pale, white horses.

And Death heard the summons, And he leaped on his fastest horse,

Pale as a sheet in the moonlight.

Up the golden street Death galloped, And the hooves of his horses struck fire from the gold,

But they didn't make no sound. Up Death rode to the Great White Throne, And waited for God's command.

And God said: Go down, Death, go down, Go down to Round Rock, Texas, Down in Altenheim, And find Sister Gloria.

She's borne the burden and heat of the day, She's labored long in my vineyard,

And she's tired-- She's weary-- Go down, Death, and bring her to me.

And Death didn't say a word, But he loosed the reins on his pale, white horse,

And he clamped the spurs to his bloodless sides, And out and down he rode,

Through heaven's pearly gates, Past suns and moons and stars; on Death rode, Leaving the lightning's flash behind;

Straight down he came. While you were watching round her bed,

She saw what we couldn't see; She saw Old Death. She saw Old Death

Coming like a falling star. But Death didn't frighten Sister Gloria;

He looked to her like a welcome friend. And her spirit whispered to us:

I'm going home, And her spirit smiled as her eyes were closed.

And Death took her up like a baby, And she lay in his icy arms,

But she didn't feel no chill. And death began to ride again--

Up beyond the evening star, Into the glittering light of glory, On to the Great White Throne.

And there he laid Sister Gloria On the loving breast of Jesus.

And Jesus took his own hand and wiped away her tears, And he smoothed the furrows from her face,

And the angels sang a little song, And Jesus rocked her in his arms, And kept a-saying:

Take your rest, Take your rest. Weep not--weep not, She is not dead;

She's resting in the bosom of Jesus.



"...I had always hoped to see Gloria at a Yamato Reunion. Gloria always kept Victoria as her top priority and didn't want to leave her. I have a granddaughter the same age, so I totally understand. I'll always remember Gloria smiling. Being an upperclassman, she always treated us underclassmen with respect. What a special lady she was. She'll be missed. With fondest memories."
-Amy Tabata Kumasaka


"Our thoughts are with you, and our prayers, and all the smiles that Gloria creates when we think of her! I hope we all can join up on the other side and enjoy the wonderful stories from our time here on earth. My glass is held high for a beautiful lady!"
-Kit Busching


"How beautifully Gloria bloomed. My mind has been replaying all of the wonderful memories I have of her since high school. She was so caring, loving, and generous to all. I am greatly saddened by her passing. I know how much you will miss her, and I pray for you all. I can only know that she is now an angel in the greatest hands of all. God bless you all."
-Pat Sturm Spielman


"With our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts are with you in your time of loss."
-Cheryl Skipton Runyon (Yamato '64) & Larry Runyon


"My deepest sympathy on hearing of Gloria's passing. She was a beautiful lady. Sincerely."
-Sharon Wolfe, Yamato classmate


The world will certainly be a less joyful place without Gloria's presence.
Becky Coyne Magnall


We asked many of the former members of the 793d MP Bn and our extended MP Family for  prayers last week we knew they would help ease the pain for Ron, Steven, Scott and grand daughter Victoria.

I'm thanking all of you for Ron at this time he has a boundle on his plate currently. I know you will all understand.

Sherri and I both knew Gloria,  she was always full of fun, and smiling. The Lord has taken her for a reason.
Maybe to brighten up his life in someway.

Ronald D. Phillips was not only the Commander of the 793d MP Bn, he became a very good friend to the both of us over the years.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron and his family he has lost that happy jovial lady and he continues to need our support.

John T.Polarine
"The Regular Guy"
The knick name Ron gave me at a hail and farewell!


I am so very sorry for you, your family, and for anyone who knew Gloria.....I too thank God for sharing her beautiful soul.  She was definitely one of His "earth angels".

My thoughts and prayers are with you all as well as my love.  Take care of each other....that is one of the best ways you can honor Gloria.



I went to Yamato HS with Gloria. She graduated a year after me. I remember her so well. She was fun and funny and happy.....not to mention pretty. She and I had been lucky enough to be able to reconnect via facebook in the last couple of years. I missed the reunion she attended in Vegas and am doubly sorry now that i missed seeing her in person. I am so very sorry to hear of her passing. Please tell her family she is very much missed by her Yamato "family".

Jan Garrison Johanson  '63


Gloria was a dear friend of mine. We always had a special connection. Probably because I had a special feeling for her in high school. During school she became one of my closest female friends and she was always there to help me. I will miss Gloria and her beautiful smile.

Daniel Iki class of '63


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