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Philex Charles Crain, age 83

Philex Charles Crain, age 83, of Cabot, Arkansas left this world March 15, 2023 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born in Spiro, Oklahoma on August 28, 1939.

He graduated from the Halcomb High School and held many College Degrees. Philex retired from General Motors after 40 years where he was a pioneer of Robotics Engineering. He was a United States Veteran that served his country proudly in the Air Force. Philex resided in St. Louis, Missouri for many years before settling in Cabot, Arkansas where he lived until he passed away. He always enjoyed traveling. He was also active in his church community and was always the first to offer help.

Philex was one of 16 children of which 13 preceded him in death as well as his parents Luther and Ollie Crain. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Doris Crain of Cabot, Arkansas and daughters Tamara and her husband James Watkins of Joplin and Annette Crain of Cabot. He is also survived by two grandchildren Katie and her husband Justin Bowling of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Morgan Norris and Kyla Shippman of Minneapolis, Minnesota; as well as a sister Jane Cunningham of Hydro, Oklahoma and a brother Malcomb Crain of Weatherford, Oklahoma and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

A visitation will be held on Monday, March 20, 2023 from 6:00-8:00pm at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas with a funeral service to follow on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 11:00am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints  in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Mack Brooks Posted March 17, 2023 4:58 PM

    So sorry to loose my long time best friend. You will truly be missed.

  • Jessica Brooks Posted March 17, 2023 5:01 PM

    You will be truly missed. Enjoyed you and Doris’s friendship all these years❤️

  • Crystal Busby Posted March 18, 2023 9:03 AM

    So sorry to hear of phils passing. Love you doris family

  • Ronald and paula lewis Posted March 18, 2023 4:09 PM

    Uncle philex (phili) as we all called him will be truly missed. His laughter and jokes as well. We are sorry for the loss of a great nan. Pur deepest sympathy to all. Love ronald and pauls lewis and family. We love you.

  • Patti Spradley Posted March 19, 2023 4:37 PM

    Doris And Annette, I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. I knew him through LEDCC as a supportive loving parent. May you and all the family be comforted by his legacy of kindness and love

  • WILLARD CRAIN Posted March 20, 2023 9:47 AM

    Phil has been my Brothet in law and wonderful friend for 55 plus years. We will miss him very much. He is probably one of the smartest and kindest persons I have ever known. May Heavenly Father bless and comfort your family and friends. I know we will see each other again in the Spirit World.

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