The following is information distributed to the media by the family of Sam Phillips:
Sam Phillips Visitation and Memorial Service Details
Wednesday, August 6th
3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Poplar and I-240: 5668 Poplar Avenue
Public Memorial Tribute:
Thursday, August 7th
The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts (at the Memphis Cook Convention Center)
Downtown: 255 North Main Street
Seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis
There will be a private burial open to family members only.
Statement from the Phillips Family (7/31/03):
Sam Phillips died at the Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis Wednesday evening, July 30, 2003 at the age of 80. He had been in ill health for some time and was recovering at home. While watching the Chicago Cubs baseball game, he died of respiratory failure.
Sam’s belief in the individual, his dedication to giving a voice to those who had never previously had a voice, served as an inspiration not just to the world, but to his family as well. He was a communicator and a teacher first and foremost, and the lesson that he taught to his friends and family as much as to the artists that he recorded was: Be yourself. Trust yourself. Be the best self that you can possibly be in your own way.
Sam leaves Sally Wilbourn, Becky, Knox, Jerry and Roxanne Phillips, Kim Phillips (granddaughter deceased), Diane Duncan, Halley, Justin, and Preston McAlexander.
The family requests any memorials be sent to the Sam Phillips Scholarship Fund at the University of Memphis School of Music.
The Phillips Family