Jimmy Edward Phillips, age 73, of Robertsdale, Alabama, passed away peacefully at his home on December 30, 2021, in the company of those he loved most.
Jimmy was born on May 21, 1948, to Albert and Naomi Phillips in Neshoba County, Mississippi. After graduating from Meridian High School, he joined the United States Navy as an Aviation Electrician. He served the country that he loved for 25 years, earning many awards and distinctions, and eventually retiring as a Senior Chief. His career in the Navy allowed him to travel the world. His travels took him to the Philippines, where he met the love of his life, Alicia. They soon married and enjoyed life to the fullest together for 42 years.
Jimmy enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, gardening, golfing, and watching sports and movies. He also enjoyed listening to music – but only if it was made before 1970, since he didn’t think anything made after that was worth listening to.
Jimmy was a very easy going and practical man all throughout his life. He was good at troubleshooting problems and never seemed to get too bothered when things didn’t work out or go his way. Even in his last days, as his condition continued to deteriorate, he was content, repeating his often-used phrase: “oh well, it is what it is.”
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Naomi Phillips; three sisters, Jane Tolbert, Onie Mae Deavers, Florence Reed; and his two brothers, Raymond Phillips and Earnest Phillips.
He is survived by his loving wife, Alicia Phillips; his daughter, Jamie (Nigel) Phillips-Temple; three stepsons, Marcel (Jamela) Salonga, Arlan (Palen) Salonga, Michael (Anastasia) Salonga; six grandchildren; and his sister, JoAnn Phillips.
He was a very kindhearted man and will missed greatly by those who loved him.
A service for Jimmy will be held on Friday, January 14th, 2022 at 2:30pm at Newton Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton, MS.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.