Landmarks Quartet founding member and bass singer, Philip Wayne "Phil" King, 71, died Saturday, February 18, 2012, in Tupelo, MS.. He was born August 27, 1940. A 1958 graduate of Tupelo High School, he then attended Mississippi State University. He owned and operated Joe's Minit Mart and Catering Service, and was well known by many gospel groups (Especially The Happy Goodmans) as THE go to guy for the world's best fried chicken and barbeque ribs. Phil was a quintessential quartet man, always ready to sing, and always dressed to the nines. His booming bass voice was reminiscent of JD Sumner and The big Chief. After The chief's death, Hovie Lister offered Phil the bass singing job for the Statesmen, but Phil's catering business would not allow him to be gone from home the amount of time the Statesmen required.
Services were Monday, February 20, 2012 at Belden Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Holcomb and Rev. Jerry King officiating. Special music was presented by Paid In Full and The Landmarks, who performed with an empty microphone and stand beside them in Phil's honor.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Jean King; his son, Jeff King (Angie); his daughter, Alicia Powell (Mike); four grandchildren, Katie and Alex King, and Tanner and Tristan Powell; his brother, Rev. Jerry King (Priscilla); his brother-in-law, Bob Kelly of Tupelo; several nieces and nephews; members of the Landmarks, and countless friends.
Pallbearers were members of the Landmark Quartet, Richard Gray, Larry Kirk, Wayne Hussey, Larry McCord, Jeff Crews, Billy Nelson and Allen Rooker ; and the staff of W.E. Pegues Funeral Home, where Phil had worked in later years.
Online condolences can be left at www.thelandmarkquartet.com