In Loving Memory

Jimmy E. Phillips

May 21, 1948 - December 30, 2021

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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.

6 Comments

  1. Nigel Temple

    One of the most genuine and honorable persons I have ever known. I am so fortunate to have met him and will continue to learn from his example in the way that he approached life and looked after his family. Miss you, bossman. Rest easy

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  2. Ellee Temple

    Such a kind an unassuming man. Quick to welcome others to the table and share whatever he had. It was easy to see how much he loved his family through his generosity of time spent just being together, and his wise advice for any situation.

    It is a hard thing to say goodbye to such a good man. Alicia, Jamie, Nigel and family please know that you do not grieve alone.

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  3. Sara

    Alicia, Jamie and Nigel,
    Your tribute is beautiful and you have shared with us a wonderful soul. Please know we are thinking of you continuously with love,
    Sara, skeet, Ella Caroline and Everett

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  4. Gene

    I’ll always remember Jim at Jamie and Nigel’s wedding. After the nuptials Jim said “she’s your problem now “, cracking everyone up. Fair Winds and following seas Senior Chief.

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  5. LeGrand Davis Jr

    Jim was a very kind and calm man. I met him in the summer of 2006 on the Hornet Golf course on Oceana Navy base him and three other guys were walking up to hole 11 and I was walking off hole 13 When he shouted over to me you don’t have to play alone come on over here and join us and that’s when the friendship began. You could depend on him for anything truly a great guy. your golf buddies miss you and you will never be forgotten. Hit them straight Sailor!

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  6. Eugene C Figgs

    I’m a person which finds it very hard to find and trust people. The very first time I met Jim it was on the golf course at Oceana naval base, I don’t know how it happened but we became friends that day. He always listened to me and he never made me feel bad about the way I spoke, that was the kind of guy he was. When he left for Roberts dale I felt like I lost something valuable since he left. Now all I can think is walking the hole #1 at the hornet with him,Larry, Walt, and LeGrand now more than ever. We were the MORNING CREW!

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