Condolences for Phillip W. Land

Billy Hiles posted on 1/7/22

We were young and full of ourselves when I first met Phil Land, so my first impression evades me. But I can easily say that my lasting impression was respect and admiration. It has been thirty-something years since I last saw Phil, but his name would come up often while talking to mutual friends. I think that speaks volumes of the impression he made on people who knew him. I have not seen him in all these years, but I miss him already. My heart aches for his family and friends.

 

Kelly Brock posted on 1/7/22

I came across the most wonderful and befitting poem. I thought I would share it here, particularly for Teresa Morenus and family, but also for any others who knew Phil and who are grieving his loss at this time. "I Know You’ll Miss This Man" By Baxter Black The Lord spoke to the heavy hearts that stood with hats in hand “Your sadness pains me deeply and I know you’ll miss this man. But, it’s true what you’ve been hearing, Heaven is a real place. That’s no small consolation. You should use that fact to face The emptiness his parting left that seeps into your bones, And draw on it to ease your pain, for he is not alone. You see, all his friends are up here and all his loved ones too. ‘Cause it wouldn’t be a Heaven without each one of you. And heaven for a cowboy is just what you might expect. It’s horses that need tunin’ up and heifers that need checked. It’s long rides with a purpose and a code that lights the way, And a satisfying reason to get up every day. It’s the ranch he’s always dreamed of and never knew he’d find. And if you think about it, you can see it in your mind. Him, leanin’ in the saddle with his ol’ hat on his head, Contentment set upon his face like blankets on a bed. The leather creaks a little as he shifts there in the seat. The bit chains give a jingle when his pony switches feet. And you somehow get the feelin’ that he’s sittin’ on a throne, A’gazin’ out on paradise just like it was his own. I can promise you he’s happy, though I know you can’t pretend You’re glad he made the journey; It’s too hard to comprehend. The earthly way you look at things can never satisfy Your lack of understanding for the answer to the ‘Why?’ So, I offer this small comfort to put your grief to rest, I only take the top hands ‘cause my crew’s the very best. And I know it might seem selfish to friends and next of kin, But I needed one more cowboy and Phil fit right in.”

 

Garry Hutchins posted on 1/5/22

So sorry to see this notice, God Bless Phil and Family. Phil and I worked at Central Freight Lines Ft Worth Facility during our younger days in the 70-80’s. He was always ready to help, ready to laugh and tell a joke, just a great guy to be around. God Bless Garry & Betty Hutchins