In Loving Memory

James “Daryl” Phillips

May 5, 1944 - April 16, 2023


James “Daryl” Phillips, 78, of Mobile, Alabama, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, April 16, 2023, at Mobile Infirmary Hospital.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at First Baptist Church of Mobile at 11:30 a.m.  The family will receive friends for a time of visitation before the service which begins at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery will be at a later date.

Daryl was born on May 5, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Albert and Edna Phillips. The youngest of 5 kids, he had 3 sisters and a brother who were not just siblings, but lifelong friends.

He graduated from Reavis High School in 1962.  After high school Daryl attended community college and spent 2 years serving our country in the US Army Special Services Band.

After high school until 2014, Daryl pursued music and formed or joined multiple bands; The Shadows, The Jill Scott IV, World of Blues, Tribute, Jubilation and The Grand Band, to name a few.  He was privileged to perform with Percy Sledge here in Mobile.

On December 1, 1979, he married the love of his life, Sandy Roberts McLain, with whom he raised their beloved son, Flynn.  Over the years Daryl worked various jobs but his true love and talent was performing.  Playing his saxophones, flute and singing all across the country with multiple bands, Daryl was the definition of a true entertainer.

After retirement Daryl spent as much time as he could on the golf course.  There was nothing he enjoyed more than playing a round of golf with his son.  Thanks to the persistence of his adoring wife, he was able to attend The Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club with his son in 2014. 

Survivors include his wife, Sandy; and son, Flynn (Julie Beck) McLain; brother-in-law, Scott (Mariena) Roberts; sister-in-law, Stephanie (Bo) Argiro; and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth (Betty) Roberts, that he considered an extra ‘Sis’.  He was blessed with multiple nieces, nephews, great nieces/nephews and great- great nieces/nephews that he in kept in contact with through the present.

Daryl was preceded in death by his parents, Albert & Edna Phillips; sisters, Maxine (Larry) Adams, Marge (Ed) Hnilica and Marilynn (Dick) Kolar; and brother, Bob (Trudy) Phillips.

The family would like to thank all the medical professionals at UAB and especially the exemplary care of the staff at Mobile Infirmary.  Their dedication and skill gave Daryl more time with us, something for which we will always be grateful.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church of Mobile at or to the Cancer Research Institute at

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Wendy Austin Lett

    Lord Jesus! Prayers of Comfort to the family of my dear friend Daryl Phillips.

  2. Debbie Gabel

    I am so sorry so see this, Daryl was our neighbor for many years and he was one of great best neighbors ever. He looked out for us and was there anytime we needed him. We loved Daryl and Sandy and it seems so unreal that Daryl wound pass a month after my sweet husband. Heaven gained another Angel and I am so comforted to know that Daryl and Jim are reunited in Heaven.

  3. Mary Ardis

    Praying for all of the family and friends to feel the Good Lord’s arms of love around them. May His peace be with you now and in the days ahead.

  4. Carolyn Florkiewicz

    Prayers to Sandy ,Flynn and all the family ! RIP Daryl ✝️🛐💜

  5. Wanda & Frank Mashburn

    Dear Sandy and family, I wish we could be there with you at this time, but thankful that God can hold you and comfort you all. One day we will meet again in heaven . We love you, God bless ♥️♥️♥️

  6. Brian, Melissa, Charlotte, Bea and Auggie Beck

    Sandy, Flynn, and family,

    We’re very sorry for your loss. We loved getting to know Daryl and will never forget the love and joy he brought to our family — there is no doubt we feel like he is part of the Beck family.

    Sending you our thoughts and prayers.
    And very sorry to not be there with you celebrating Daryl’s life and the family he helped build.

  7. Ron and Carole Stronach

    Sandy, our sincere condolences goes to you and your family. We are so saddened by the passing of our dearest friend Daryl. We met this wonderful man around 1969 and he became part of our family forever. Sandy even though we live far away you will always be in our hearts as well as our dearest Daryl. Rest in Peace Saxman. 🙏❤️

  8. Cindy and Andy Zakrzewski

    We are praying for you Sandy and all the family! We love having you as neighbors. Darryl has a special place in our hearts and prayers. Sorry we cannot be there with you today but please know that we are thinking of you. May God give you strength and grace at this time and always.


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