Family Of Lost Man Remains Hopeful

The Smith County Sheriff's Department called off the search for 75-year-old Edward Phillips, late Friday night.  Thick brush, and bad weather put a damper on those search efforts.

Phillips came up missing Wednesday night from his home near County Road 366 and FM 16 in Smith County.  Since then family members have kept their spirits high, hoping to find their loved one alive.

"With him having Alzheimer's somebody had to take care of him until we couldn't keep him at home so we just took turns caring for him."

Irene cooper loves her brother.  That's why it's been tough to imagine life without him.

"It's hard to think about but then you have to face reality because what else is there to think."

Edward Phillips went missing Wednesday night.  Crews spent Thursday and Friday combing through the woods and creek beds that surround his home.  With no sign of the missing man, the search was called off.

"It is hard to think about but then you realize they have done all they can do in this area, said Cooper."

Family members say their search will not stop.  They've begun making signs and posters, hoping a tip may bring their brother home.

"The sheriff's department did everything they could do so we're relying on word of mouth if people saw him on T.V. or so forth, just call," said sister Pearl Holmes.

The family remains hopeful, and they're relying on faith to get them through.

"Knowing that whatever happens, for christian people, it's gods will.  For him to not be found alive or whatever may happen we have to accept that," said Holmes.

Phillips is a 75-year-old black male, with gray hair.  He's about 5'6 and 150 pounds and was last seen wearing brown pants, tennis shoes, and a button- up shirt.  If you have seen Phillips or have any information call the Smith County Sheriff's Department.

Chris Gibson, reporting