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Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice Patch
Resided: Floydada TX, USA
Born: Dec. 30, 1962  
Fallen: Dec. 27, 2020
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 57 yrs. of age
Dept: Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice
2101 E Ben White Blvd  
Austin, TX   78741   USA
County: Travis
Dept. Type: State/Corrections
Hero's Rank: Officer
Sworn Date: 1996
FBI Class: Death - Biological
Weapon Class: COVID-19
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 14 years
Duties: Institutional Division

Bio: Phillip Dexter Holbert was born in Paducah, TX to Vaudie and Linda Holbert. He was a curious and rambunctious boy who loved hunting and fishing. Phillip took his first farming job at the age of 15, working for Bucky Jeffries Farms, and continued to work as a farmer and welder most of his younger life.

He attended Floydada High School where he met the love of his life, Stephanie Thomas. They were married on November 12, 1981 in Floydada, TX. Together they have 3 beautiful daughters, and 5 grandchildren.

Phillip was known by all of his family and friends as an honest, hard-working man. He always had a smile on his face, and loved joking around and teasing everyone. Taking care of his girls, grandchildren, and being 'Mr. Fix-It' for anyone who needed anything was the joy of his life.

In 1996, Phillip began work as a Texas Department of Criminal Justice Correctional Officer, where he served as a Lt., Sgt., and CO., for 24 years at the Formby State Jail. He was a prime example of a TDCJ career officer who came to the agency in the spirit of service. He was known as a team player who was dedicated to his work and his co-workers.

His sister also served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Survived by:
Stephanie - Wife
& three daughters

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: Formby State Jail   Plainview, TX   USA   Tue. Dec. 15, 2020
Summary: Officer V Phillip Holbert died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among employees and inmates at the Formby State Jail in Plainview.


COVID-19, a flu-like virus, originated in Wuhan, China. Worth a mention, the Chinese Government had a biological research facility in that very province. At this point, it was widely held that COVID-19 was a bat-coronavirus and the first case was discovered in Wuhan in Oct. 2019.

On Dec. 31, 2019, Chinese authorities alerted the World Health Organization of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China, with an unknown cause. Jan 7, 2020 Chinese authorities identify a new type of coronavirus (called novel coronavirus or nCoV).

Despite deaths and an entire Chinese Province(Hubei) quarantined by the Chinese Government, the World Health Organization(WHO) simply declares a global public-health emergency. Despite this serious understatement, on January 31st, President Trump bans foreign nationals from entering the US if they were in China within the prior two weeks. Despite a large public outcry of racism, this move likely saved 1000's of American lives, it would later be deemed.

After a full blown global infection, and an entire country being declared on 'Lockdown'(Italy), on March 11th, WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic. This same day, President Trump bans all travel from 26 European countries. On Mar. 13th, a US national emergency is declared over the novel coronavirus outbreak.

On Mar. 23rd, New York City confirms 21,000 cases, making it the biggest epicenter of the outbreak in the US. On Mar. 31, more than 1/3 of humanity is under some form of lockdown. On Apr. 2nd, the world passes one million COVID-19 infections.

On April 7th, roughly 95% of all Americans are under lockdown, as 42 states issue stay-at-home orders. The entire American economy has ground to a halt. Congress passed laws awarding trillions in grants, loans and other types of assistance to the American working population and businesses.

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