Rev. Lucious "Lou" Ray Phillips

January 26, 1947August 3, 2018
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It is said that there are words in the English vocabulary that are more solemn than all of the others. They are Life, Death and Eternity. Life is more solemn than death; to live is more serious than to die. The object of Christ's death was life. A Christian's death gives them a more abundant life. Death is a joyful messenger of peace whose kind hand opens to the weary pilgrim the gate of immortality and lets the soul go free.

The life of Lucious (Lou) Ray Phillips was one of love and devotion to God, family and his fellow man. He was born to the parentage of D.R. (Mack) and Alice Phillips, on January 26, 1947 in Quanah, Texas. He was preceded in death by his loving father, mother, brothers; Jessie King and Val Taylor.

Lou’s formal education was received in Quanah Dallas Independent School District and he was a 1965 graduate from Quanah High School. Lou received an Honorable Discharge after serving in the United States Army. Lou accepted Christ as his personal savior at a young age. A man of faith, Lou was also a Minister and served as Associate Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax, Virginia and Teacher/Facilitator of Sonrise Bible Study at Antioch, where he served faithfully since relocation to the Washington, DC area.

We lost a good man of faith and deeds in Lou. After 28 years, Lou retired as an executive with American Airlines and a community icon. Lou rose from the ranks of Ticket Agent to Director of Sales for the Eastern Region, with a short stint as General Manager of Washington National Airport.

Lou was the Founder and CEO of iFaith Golf - fundraiser for food banks around the country, which put on a golf tournament annually to benefit those in need of food. One of his biggest supporters was Safeway. He was President, Producer and Host of The Clio Exchange and Creator and Producer of several Documentaries on African American History. Lou was a great friend to all who knew him and his legacy will live on in all of us.

Lou lived his life to the fullest and to know him was to instantly love him. What a remarkable life he led. He loved his wife, Katherine who he married in 1983…40 years of love, 35 years of marriage. Lou loved his children, instilling in them a sense of pride and dedication to be successful through hard work, belief and determination. Lou leaves a legacy that will remain in the hearts and lives of all he touched. He was well known for his love of family.

It was on the third day of August, in the year two thousand and eighteen, that Lou beheld the radiant light of his Savior’s face, as He beckoned for him to cross over to the other side and lay down his sword and shield to study war no more. This he did as he ran into His safe and loving arms and fell asleep, there to rest until He calls his name on that resurrection day.

Lou Phillips leaves to cherish his legacy and wonderful memories: loving and devoted wife, Katherine Dimitroff Phillips; two daughters, Sabrina Castle (Sammy), and Subyn Wadsworth (Andre); sisters, Jackie King and Alice King; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; special cousins and other relatives and friends.


  • Public Viewing Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Homegoing Celebration Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rev. Lucious "Lou" Ray Phillips

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Lynn Sonsteby

August 9, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of Lou's passing. I worked for him at American in Washington. He was a true gentleman and a wonderful person. My heart goes out to his family. Katharine, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts.


James Moton

August 8, 2018

To my cousins, God will watch over you in your hour of need. I am here for you as you were there for me. Rest in Peace Lou. Thanks for all the memories. I enjoyed your Facebook posts! You will be greatly missed!