2018 Queen’s Parade Marshal


Phebe Phillips is a fifth generation Texan, and Gilmerite. She was born to a creative mother, Joyce Isbell Phillips—Queen Yam XIV of the 1951 Yamboree, and a business minded father, Otis Phillips. Phebe graduated Gilmer High School in 1977 and was Queen Yam XXXIX in 1976. Phebe made Yamboree history by being the first daughter of a queen, and for her controversial and famous red queen’s dress.

Today, Phebe is a Texas author best known for her past creation of exquisite stuffed toys sold for 25-years at Neiman Marcus and other retailers. She created Piper the Puppy for the American Red Cross raising $800,000 through Pipers sales for support to those in need of ARC services. In total, for all charity groups during the length of her toy company, Phebe’s creativity raised $1,400,000. From 1992 2010, spanning four U.S. Presidents, thousands of Phebes creative stuffed rabbits were used as decorations and donations at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

Phebe graduated in Film and Journalism from Southern Methodist University where she took a writing class with legendary Texas journalist and award-winning author, the late Billy Porterfield, who encouraged her to develop her writer’s voice.

Phebe’s book Why Me? Positive Verse for Loss and Sadness was originally written for use by individual American Red Cross chapters. To date, 4000 copies have been distributed throughout the nation by ARC emergency response teams. This book is now available on Amazon, and for check out at the Upshur County Library. Her work for young readers explores positive themes of growth, happiness and overcoming limitations. Like her past toy line, her themes are designed for children, yet possess an intellectual depth appealing to adults.

For her adult audience Phebe writes poetry and short stories that illuminate the wonder and perplexity of life. Ending each poem with the word PERIOD is a signature of her work. Her poetry has been published in literary publications worldwide. Pilot’s Story, her darkest poem is about her uncle Orear Watson’s capture and escape as a German POW during WWII. This work is published in Beyond the Hill ‘A Stunning Collection of War Poetry’ by Lost Tower Publications. Also available on Amazon.

For her personal enjoyment, Phebe produces many of her poems into audio poetry available to hear on her website. She has two podcasts currently in production. A daily two-minute podcast, The Specialness of You uses Earth Science and Medical Fact Science to support a positive podcast about how special a person’s life is. Phebe’s second podcast, The Literary CatCast is a bi-monthly, seven-minute podcast reading literary writings with cats as funny, interesting characters in the story—both podcasts available on iTunes. To stay up to date, please ‘Like” her FaceBook page, Phebe Phillips, Author-Podcaster, or subscribe to her website, www.phebephillips.com

Phebe lives in Dallas with her husband, Mac Hargrove and a cat named Harold-of-God—a striped tabby who walked out of his stray-kitten-life and into her studio. You may see Harold on Instagram at #HaroldofGod.