use of default contact when texting

when I send a text to a contact, I type the name in the search and choose the contact. For some contacts that works great. For some, when I select them it sends an email and not a text.
I have verified for those contacts that the phone number is set as default - is there something else i can do other than create 1 contact for phone and another for email?

Thanks!

Am using the default text and contacts apps

AT&T Galaxy s2 - software version 2.6.35.7

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