Phil Calep Hurley, 1936-2019


Phil Calep Hurley was born Nov. 14, 1936 to Carl and IV Hurley in Yantis and died at age 82 on Sept. 20, 2019. He grew up in Yantis with three siblings on a small family farm. He was predeceased by his wife, Georgia Lonell Hurley; sister, Verlon Josephine Hurley; and brother, Kenneth Gerald Hurley.

Phil attended Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree and enlisted as an officer in the U.S. Air Force where he became a pilot. He was stationed in Korat Air Force Base, Thailand during the Vietnam War where he flew the H43 rescue helicopter. He retired from the Air Force as a colonel after 23 years of service in 1981.

While in the military, Phil also completed a master’s degree in guidance and counseling and a doctorate degree in education.

Following his retirement from the military, he started a career with Merrill Lynch as a real estate agent in Manassas, Va. In 1987, he returned to Texas to join the real estate firm of Keller Williams in Austin. He opened multiple Keller Williams offices across the Southwest including San Antonio, where he retired a second time in 2012 and returned to northeast Texas.

His two loves were flying and fishing in Alaska.

Phil is survived by his brother, James Marcus Hurley; three children, Rhonda Hurley, Scott Hurley and Sherri Hurley Pound; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 at Sunset Funeral Home, San Antonio, followed by interment at 10:30 a.m. at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.