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October 16, 2008

(8/24/1938 - 10/6/2008)

Phillip M. Harbur, 70, of Memphis, Missouri died Monday, October 6, 2008 at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Missouri.

He was born in Memphis, Missouri on August 24, 1938 to Ellis Emmerson and Bessie Ona Akins Harbur.

Phil was a graduate of Memphis High School, Class of 1956 and attended the Community Church in Baring, Missouri.

He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army for two years at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

He married Shirley Ann Hayward on January 16, 1988.

Phil worked for Harris Motor Company for 40 years as a paint and body man and enjoyed restoration and detailing of autos. He was also quite adept at unlocking and was called upon many times to assist when keys were locked inside a car.

Phil was one of the founders of the Antique Fair Association, having worked with the association for almost twenty years. He was a member of the Memphis American Legion Post #219, the Baring Country Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley of Memphis; a brother, Otho Emmerson Harbur and his wife, Dorva, of Memphis; two nieces: Dora Monroe and her husband, Roy, and Cindy Bradley and her husband, Steve. Also surviving are three great-nephews and one great-niece, several cousins and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters: Barbara L. Goodwin and Beverly Jean Heubner.

The family will received friends at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 10, 2008 at the Memphis Funeral Home followed by a funeral service at 2:PM with Pastor Jim Campbell officiating. Music will be provided by Joan Hinds and Joe Fulk. Cremation will follow the service.

Memorials may be made to the Memphis American Legion Post #219 and may be left at or mailed to the Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Burial of cremains will take place in the Memphis Cemetery on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 1:00 PM with military rites by Wallace W. Gillespie Post #4958.

Online condolences may be sent to Phil's family at

Memphis Funeral Home is caring for Phil and his family.

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