OBITUARY

Philip Ray Hallmark

September 2, 1951July 6, 2018
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Funeral services for Philip Ray Hallmark, 66, of Florence, Texas will be held Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Killeen with Rev. Jimmy Towers officiating. Visitation will be at 10 AM with funeral following at 11 AM. Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. at the Florence City Cemetery. Phil was born September 2, 1951, in Temple to Marion E. and Birdie B. Hallmark and went home to be with the Lord on July 6, 2018 at his home outside of Florence. He was raised in Killeen and graduated from Killeen High School in 1970 where he participated in track, basketball and football. He also attended Central Texas College. Phil was Vice President and co-owner and operator of Hallmark Heating & Air-conditioning Services Inc. for many years before his retirement. Phil enjoyed motorcycles, horses, playing guitar, singing & dancing. He was a talented artist, painting several large back drops for skits performed at Clan Graham Family reunions. He enjoyed spending time with and working alongside his dad on the family ranch. Phil was a loving Uncle & cherished spending time with his many nieces and nephews. Phil was preceded in death by his son Bobby (Robert Paul) Hallmark, parents Marion and Birdie Hallmark, his wife Dorothy Long Hallmark and longtime friend Dick Craig. Phil leaves behind many friends, family and loved ones to cherish his memory. Those left behind are step-son Jason Long, brothers, Ellis Hallmark of Palmdale CA, and Don Hallmark (Jan) of Moffatt TX, sisters, Ardis Perkins Rider (Jim) of Sanger TX, and Kim R. Frederick (Johnny) of Killeen TX, nieces and nephews, Brook Markley Becky Hallmark, Tara Brown, Shelly Hallmark, Mike Hallmark, Wil Hallmark, Conley Hallmark, Spencer Hallmark, Rob Perkins, Mark Perkins, Micah Perkins, and great nieces Stormy & Hannah. Honorary Pallbearers are Perk Bearden, Wayne Thompkins, and Jeff Moore.

  • FAMILY

  • Marion Hallmark, Father
  • Birdie Hallmark, Mother
  • Dorothy Long Hallmark, Wife
  • Bobby (Robert Paul) Hallmark, Son
  • Jason Long, Step-son
  • Ellis Hallmark, Brother
  • Don Hallmark, Brother
  • Jan Halmark, Sister-in-law
  • Ardis Perkins Rider, Sister
  • Jim Rider, Brother-in-law
  • Kim R. Frederick, Sister
  • Johnny Frederick, Brother-in-law
  • Nieces and Nephews

    Brook Markley
    Becky Hallmark
    Tara Brown
    Shelly Hallmark
    Mike Hallmark
    Wil Hallmark
    Conley Hallmark
    Spencer Hallmark
    Rob Perkins
    Mark Perkins
    Micah Perkins

    Great nieces
    Stormy and Hannah

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 25, 2018
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Philip Ray Hallmark

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Biography

When Philip Ray Hallmark walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Philip was and how he impacted those around him. Philip was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Philip wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Philip was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Philip was born on September 2, 1951 at Kings Daughter Hospital in Temple, Texas. He was the son of Marion E. and Birdie B. Hallmark. Philip was raised in Killeen, Texas. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Philip might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Philip was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

      Philip was raised with four siblings. He had brothers Ellis and Don and sisters Ardis and Kim. Philip was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Philip was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Philip well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

      As a young boy, Philip was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Philip was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Philip took part in track, basketball, football, and motor cross. He was a Cub Scout, a Royal Ambassador played little league. In his spare time he liked playing baseball with family, to fly kites and fish for crawfish. Philip's memorable achievements included being captain of the football team. Philip had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

      During his high school years, Philip responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He graduated from Killeen High School in 1970. Philip was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. Philip absorbed as much as he could from all of his teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using his imagination to master his assignments. For Philip, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Philip a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything.

      Philip did well in college, as a result of his comfort level with tackling new theories and his love of learning. He attended Central Texas Colledge. Philip was very adaptable, a quality that helped him make the transition from high school to college with little difficulty. As a result, Philip's problem solving skills and thirst for new knowledge almost guaranteed that he enjoyed virtually every class he took. Philip was always in quest of new things to learn and experience

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, Philip was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Philip was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Wayne Thopkins,Perk Bearden, Mike Gault, Robert Murray and Paul Holcomb. Later in life, he became friends with Dick Craig and Jeff Moore.

       Philip's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. Philip was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.

      Philip was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Philip, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Hallmark home. Philip's skill at understanding his children's feelings, his sensitivity to their needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Philip was blessed with one son, Bobby "Robert Paul" Hallmark.
      Philip was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was air conditioning and heating sales and service. He was Vice President and co owner of Hallmark Heating and Air Conditioning Services. Philip was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. Philip had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Philip's fellow workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Philip loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were dancing, playing guitar being an artist, ranching, riding horses and motorcycle riding. Philip had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, Philip's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Philip derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, Philip played track, football and basketball. Philip was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity.

      Throughout his life, Philip was actively involved in professional and community organizations. He was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Philip seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Philip usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with him, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. In high school, Philip was a member of the choir.

      Philip was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Killeen. He was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and he used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for his beliefs.

      Though he never did anything solely for individual recognition, Philip's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and selflessness, earned him accolades for his many lifelong efforts. Some of his most prestigious awards included Carrier Distributor Awards.

      Philip's love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. His favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit his personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Philip took his vacations seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could. Favorite vacations included Branson,Mo California, and Las Vegas, NV.

      Philip was a lover of animals and cherished his pets including Prince a German Shepherd. His family was rounded out by his Horses Cindy and Trojan.

       He adapted and, like everything in his life, made it satisfying. Because he was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Philip to master. In retirement, he found new pleasure in playing in bands. Even in retirement, Philip continued to stay in touch with his old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Philip Hallmark passed away on July 6, 2018 at Hallmark Ranch ouside of Florence, Texas. He is survived by brothers Ellis Hallmark and Don Hallmark,sisters Ardis Perkins Rider and Kim Frederick,numerous nieces,newphews, cousins and friends. Services were held at First Baptist Church in Killeen. Philip was laid to rest in Florence City Cemetery in Florence, TX.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Philip. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Philip Hallmark for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Philip was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.