Phillip W. Claxton, 51, of Savannah, left this world far too soon on Friday, February 11, 2022, from complications due to Covid-19. He survived 2 kidney transplants because of the selflessness of his donors, his father, James Claxton and friend, Amanda Johnson. Thanks to their loving gift of organ donation, we were able to have 22 extra years with him.
Phil was a man of few words but could brighten anyone’s mood with his dry sense of humor, funny wit, and the ability to leave friends and family wondering what he may say next. Phil was a minimalist and focused his attention on the people he loved the most, his devoted wife,Julie, and the light of his life, his daughter Ella.
Born in Batesville, AR to parents, James and Georgia Hollowell Claxton of Cushman, AR, he graduated from Cushman High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lyon College in Batesville, AR. Phil earned his master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Tennessee where he met his wife, Julie. Phillip served as the Director of City Planning for the city of Pooler, GA. He formerly served as the City Manager of Port Wentworth, GA.
In addition to Julie and Ella, Phil leaves behind his brother, Rodney Claxton of Jonesboro, AR; sister, Holly Watts of Southside, AR; mother-in-law, Mary Sobon of New Jersey; brother-in law,Robert Sobon(Kelly) of New Jersey, Michael Sobon (Johanna); and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 5:00 pm on February 17, 2022, at 107 South Brompton Ct, Savannah GA 31410. A graveside service will be held in Batesville, AR on a date to be determined for early March.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the Mason Guest House of Emory Hospital in memory of Phillip at 1575 Shoup Ct, Decatur, GA 30033. Also, the family would like you to consider becoming an organ donor to provide a life-saving opportunity for others in need.
I’m so sorry for your loss.
- Elisabeth Burrow, Batesville, AR
Saddened for the loss of Phillip. His brother and I studied together at Lyon and met Phillip. I think the world of the Claxton brothers. His light still shines through Ella. Prayers for all.
- Susan L Miller, Beaufort, SC
I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you all during this time. Deena Hartsfield Adams
- Deena Adams , Greenbrier, AR
Phillip was a awesome cousin that could brighten a room up. He will be surely missed but never forgotten
- Robert Claxton , Sherwood , Arkansas
Sorry for your Loss Prayers for the Family
- Krystal Lange, Paragould, Ar
Phillip was my cousin. Sadly I haven’t seen him since he was a young boy. I have kept up with him on Facebook and could tell he was a devoted and proud father. My prayers go out to Julie, Ella, Uncle Jimmy, Aunt Georgia, Rodney and Holly.
- Debra Claxton Coburn , Conway , Arkansas
My heart goes out to you all. I grew up with Holly and had the privilege of knowing Phillip when I was a child. I’m so very sorry.
- Stephanie Gunther, Cushman , AR
I'm so saddened and sorry for your loss. Praying for a peace and comfort that surpasses all understanding for you all.
- Crystal Franks Montague , Batesville , Ar
Al and I send our heartfelt condolences. Phillip was such a fighter for life and it’s difficult to know he wasn’t able to win this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
- Jeanie Claxton & Al Monteiro, Marriottsville , MD
I worked with Phillip at the City of Port Wentworth. He shared so much to help the City through a lot of changes. I can appreciate the obituary mentioning that you never knew what he was going to say next. My filter fails on me also. I hope tons of great memories will flood your hearts as you go through the next difficult days and months.
- Angela Brackett, Pooler , GA
Julie- my prayers are with you and Ella. I am so sorry.
- Kate Woodworth, Southington, Ohio
My sweet loving cousin. You helped me in some of my darkest days. I have loved you from the day you were put in my arms as a newborn. I am going to miss your wit and your smile. I pray for your family and know l will be there for them if they ever need me. Ella you are a strong beautiful person. You made him very proud every day.
- Angela Smith , Austin , AR
Always so Handsome and Charming ! We’re going to miss him dearly . Praying for your Hearts ♥️ at this sad time
- Beverly McCollum , Violet Hill , AR
My heart is saddened to learn of his passing. Our friendship goes back over 30yrs. Lifting family and friends up in prayers and that they feel God’s loving arms around them during this tragic time. Phillip was a delightful spirit. He will be missed greatly.
- Stefanie Harmon, Floral, AR
My sincere condolences to all of Phillip’s loved ones and friends. At Pooler City Hall we are all devastated over his loss. He always greeted you will a smile and always had such great advice and knowledge. He was one of the smartest men I have known. I am personally grateful to have gotten to know him and will never forget him and the many contributions he made to our city. He will be truly missed for a long, long time.
- Karen Williams, Pooler, Georgia
My dear brother. I'm devastated. You are one of the smartest people I've ever know. I remember you trying to explain College Calculus to me like it was yesterday. I also remember how frustrated you would get because I just couldn't understand it. We would fight a little then laugh about it during these tutorials. You always make me laugh about something. I admire you so much. I especially admire how well you took care of your family. The importance of education and knowledge you taught Ella was your top priority. I pray that Julie and Ella know how much you care and love them. You did well, brother. I love you! Until I see you again.....
- Rodney Claxton, Jonesboro, AR
My heart is filled with sadness for this loving and kind family. I am praying for them during this difficult time.
- Cheryl McKellar, Batesville, Arkansas
Mr and Mrs Claxton, Rodney and family...I am so sorry to hear about Phillip. I went to Lyon with him and his brother Rodney. My heart is filled with sadness for all of you. You all are in my thoughts.
- Clayton Gay, Batesville , AR
I’m so saddened of Phillips passing. Such a special person. His absence will be greatly felt. I didn’t know him well in our grown-up lives but we did hang out as children. Prayers for the family.
- Sue Tinsley , Sulphur Rock , Arkansas
I remember staying the summers or coming to visit when we were all kids. We stayed at your house and you were "the baby". We were wild as heck the rest of us kids and in trouble while you were so sweet never in trouble. Your mom would let us walk up to the store and get NiHi orange Soda Pop. All us kids, and you were the little one. We didn't let you get run over!! Haha.. It was just up the street. In our later years we didn't get to be together as all cousins do, we went our separate ways throughout life. But I always knew you were there. I was always hearing or seeing on FB how proud you were of Ella.. And when you got married to Miss Julie I thought Phillips getting out of the country and into the big city when I'd heard Julie was from New Jersey!! I am going to miss your presence on this earth but we are just Pilgrims passing through... I am confident that I will see you soon. I love you. Your cousin. Lisa
- Lisa Hollowell Mowell, Peculiar, Missouri
I was heartbroken to hear about Phillip passing away. He was smart, funny, and loved his family very much. It was obvious that he adored Ella and was immensely proud of her. I am keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers. Please accept my deepest condolences.
- April Davis, Cabot, Arkansas
Phillip was by far one of the smartest men I ever had the honor of knowing. Always eager to help troubleshoot ideas, I got to know Phillip as a reliable "cheat sheet" for helping solve any municipal problem or question that I had. He was charming, sincere, and always quick with his sharp wit. Our lives and our world are better off for knowing him, I only wish we could have had more time. He will be missed.
- Aaron Higgins, Pooler, GA
I am so very sorry for your loss. Phillip was one of my oldest and dearest friends. He will be missed tremendously. I am keeping you all in my prayers and in my heart. ❤️
- Stephanie Engles-Klann, Des Moines, WA
My prayers go out to you all. Phillip will be truly missed. He loved his family very much. Please accept my deepest condolences during this difficult time.
- Kelly Reynolds, Oak Point , TX
What a tragic loss for the Claxton family! Phillip was one of a kind. He never hesitated to tell you what he thought, whether you agreed with him or not. I think he might have got that from his dad and grandpa. I was the aunt who had the privilege to babysit him and his brother many times while they were growing up. We made lots of good memories. I miss those days. As Phillip grew up, I knew he would do well in life because of his intelligence. I was so proud of all his successes. The adoration he showed his daughter Ella was one of his most admirable qualities. I am sure Ella will continue to make him proud. RIP Phillip. You will never be forgotten.
- Diane Claxton Jeffery, Batesville, AR
Praying for peace and comfort for the family. I remember babysitting Phillip when he was a baby. I had a house full of cousins. He was always quiet. I always looked forward to seeing him. I know Phillip is surrounded by angels being carried to his heavenly abode. God be with Ella and Julie through this difficult time.
- Judith Hollowell, Melbourne, AR
We hold you close in our hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
- Bryan and Denise Carlani, Florence , Nj
Julie and I worked together for many years. Even though I only met Phil once, I felt like I knew him and Ella personally since Julie and I always shared stories about our families. I have heard and read many wonderful things about Phillip. I know he will be missed. Praying for God’s peace to be with the whole family.
- Ann Halverson , Savannah , GA
Philip is my cousin, my daddy Wayne is his mamma Georgia's brother. As youngsters we would all have a cousin's blast together when visiting Arkansas. I hadn't seen Philip in ages until last year at our Aunt's funeral. He was so proud of his daughter. He was quiet but sincere, no longer a child. I could sense his wisdom, character and strength. My prayers for the family to be comforted by God knowing he will be reunited with them again. He is in heaven with no more pain and joy unspeakable.
- Gina Bourret, Belton, Missouri
Julie so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family
- Kathy and Carl Kleinsteuber , Savannah, GA
Holding your family up in prayer during this difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss.
- Kim Langston, Nashville , Tennessee
I am so sorry for your loss. Phillip meant so much to this community, and his work in Port Wentworth and Pooler has made a real difference in people’s lives. He was the smartest planner I have ever worked with, and I learned so much from him over the years. He was incredibly supportive of the people he worked with, and he was definitely one of a kind. He will be missed.
- Courtney Reich, Savannah, Georgia
Phillip taught me how to ride my bike, he always played games with me and Nathan. He would help me with my homework and would drive me and my friends to the movies and the summer fair...He always made me laugh. He's the best! Love you Phillip! Sending my love to Julie and Ella.
- Holly Watts, Southside, AR
Julie and Ella we at Butterfield's Academy are so sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
- Butterfield, Savannah, GA
Julie and Ella Sending you both love today♥️ Praying for comfort and healing.
- Susan McConnaughhay, Searcy , Ar
Cannot imagine your hurt right now, but please know that so many are hurting with you and lifting you in prayer. Phillip was such a bright and encouraging man, and I will sorely miss his kindness. Thankful for sweet memories and prayerful for your peace and comfort.
- Juanice (Swaim) Carr, Greers Ferry, AR
Even though we didn't see each other or talk as much... as us cousins all grew up, I felt close to Phillip. I guess because we were kind of going through the same thing in life. I looked up to him and he was always there for me when I had concerns or needed advise. Such a smart and loving man. My heart is broken that he is gone. Prayers for the many that love him for God to give them peace and comfort at this hard time.
- Anita VanHoecke, Kansas City, MO
Phillip was a kind, decent and ethical man. He will be missed by everyone who knew him; there are so few men like him.
- Vicki Brooks, Port Wentworth, GA
I am so sorry for the loss of Phillip. I will always remember spending the night at my Ma and Pa’s house and going up the road to Jimmy and Georgia’s house to play. I remember aggravating Phillip but he took it well! I always thought he was so funny. I hate that I didn’t get to know him more as an adult. Many thoughts and prayers for the family and his beautiful daughter Ella.
- Brandi Fleetwood, Batesville , AR
When hearing of Phillip's passing, my heart felt a sudden ache knowing the world had lost a truly unique and special guy. Phillip was a high school friend and classmate to myself and Steve. Honestly, being from a rural city and a small graduating class of 21, classmates are more like family. I have many memories of Phillip, but what stands out to me is how he was intelligent and always so put together. With his unique personality and dry sense of humor, he was a guy that loved being ornery and picking at others including me, one of the few girls in our class; this was just Phillip's playful way of showing you that you were his friend and that he cared. One memory that stands out to me is how in high school, he would walk Holly to her kindergarten class. If someone teased him about it, he would grumble, but more than once I saw him sweetly and caringly looking after her. If I really think about it, Phillip was always looking after me during school as well. Years later, when I got to meet his beautiful daughter, I saw something very similar in him, a tough acting guy that had a soft heart filled with love and pride for her, as well as, for his family! Heartfelt thoughts and prayers to a precious family during this time of loss.
- Angela Franks, Batesville, AR
My heart is filled with sadness for this loving and kind family. I am praying for you all during this difficult time.
- Edna Barnett, Mount Pleasant , AR
So sorry to hear about the loss of my cousin Phillip. On behalf of his Uncle Mike and our family we share our condolences with Julie, Ella, Jimmy, Georgia, Rodney and Holly. You all are in our prayers and those prayers will continue. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort.
- Mark Claxton, Little Rock, AR
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Please know that your friends love you and are here for you.
- Crystal Brewington , Savannah, Georgia
I met Phillip when he came to work with us at White River Planning as a young man. He always had a smile on his face, a dry sense of humor and sharp wit. I had not seen him in years until he was in Batesville for a funeral and he shared pictures of Julie and Ella and was so proud of his family. I'm so sorry for your loss.
- Jill Dockins, Batesville, AR
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- Celebration of Life