Philip “Phil” Rodger Dabney
Philip “Phil” Rodger Dabney, age 80, of Blue Eye, Missouri, passed away Monday, March 2, 2020, in Springfield, Missouri. He entered this life September 6, 1939, in Columbia, South Carolina, to John and Eva Mae (Ogburn) Dabney. He was joined in marriage July 26, 2000, to Mary Franks. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Known as a wonderful husband and father, Phil was always smiling, filling the room with laughter. He took pleasure in cutting the grass, playing the banjo, and singing, both gospel and bluegrass. Phil was a talented athlete, playing baseball and softball while in California. He earned his master’s degree in Elementary Education from California Baptist University in Riverside, California. With the gift of helping others, he used that gift at any opportunity. Phil’s strong faith shone brightly, and he loved the fellowship with his church family. Most of all, he loved his family and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Phil is preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and two sisters: J.T., Edwin Lewis, Clarice, Judson, Morris Eugene, Keith, Dorsey Rae, and Dorothy Mae.
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 20 years, Mary Dabney; two children: Phil Dabney Jr. of Laguna Niguel, California, and Michel Dabney of Hoboken, New Jersey; three grandchildren: Ava Dabney and Brooke Dabney of Laguna Niguel, California, and Damon Dabney of Santa Cruz, California. His is also survived by four brothers and three sisters: Ralph Ogburn Dabney of Camden, South Carolina; Elizabeth Gurley of Fresno, California; Juliette Joye of Florence, South Carolina; Larry David Dabney of Beaverton, Oregon; Charles Winston Dabney of Florence, South Carolina; Wayne Douglas Dabney of Santee, California; and Gwendolyn Mincey of Loris, South Carolina; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the First Baptist Church of Blue Eye in Blue Eye, Missouri, with pastor Larry Keeth officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Blue Eye. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.cremationsoftheozarks.com.