Jim was born on February 27, 1944, in Mexia, Texas, to Richard M. Phillips and Marjorie Welch Phillips. He graduated from Refugio High School. In 1965, he joined the U.S. Army where he honorably served his country for six years. In 1968, Jim went to work for Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas. He worked at Warehouse A as a forklift driver. He retired in 1997 with 30 years of credited service.
On July 11, 1969, he married his loving wife, Linda Vaughn of LaMarque, Texas. Together they shared 45 years of marriage together.
Jim was an active and faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clute for almost nine years. After moving his family to Brazoria in 1976, they soon joined First Baptist Church in Brazoria where he and his family were active and faithful for almost 33 years. Jim was ordained as a Deacon in 1982. He was also a Sunday School teacher and then secretary in the children’s department for many years. He loved the Lord unconditionally and knew he could depend on the Lord for anything.
Jim is preceded in death by his father, Richard M. Phillips; his father-in-law, Desaw Vaughn; infant son, James Patrick Phillips; infant daughter, Marjorie Denice Phillips, along with his grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Linda; mother, Marjorie Phillips of Mexia; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Kelly Reedy with three precious grandchildren, Austin Ryan, Kamden Ryan and Jordyn Faith from Houston; daughter, Becky Phillips from Brazoria; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and many loving friends.
A time of visitation for friends and family was held Wednesday, August 27, 2014. A celebration of Jim’s life and home followed the visitation at the First Baptist Church of Brazoria with Bro. Greg Smith officiating. Burial was at the Brazoria Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were nephews, Rodney Ray, Brad Ray and Jesse Vaughn, uncle, Roland Welch, fellow Deacons Riley Guillory and Chuck Conant.
The family would like to thank all of the doctors and special nurses (Melody, Jennifer, Shannon and Rachel) at Methodist Hospital for their loving care and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Men’s ministry at First Baptist Church of Brazoria.