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James W. Phillips

April 11, 1955 ~ October 8, 2019 (age 64)


James William “Willy” Phillips 64 - Born in Muncie, to the late SQ and Phyllis (Monroe) Phillips on April 11,1955 passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side on October 8th 2019 at 4:35 a.m.

Willy as his friends knew him was a Journeyman Roofer who began his career at the age of 16 years old. He retired from McGuff’s Roofing after 26 years and went on to work for himself, working up until his illness.

Upon retirement he enjoyed spending time with his family.  His grandchildren were his greatest joys in life. Willy loved fishing, camping, and visiting old friends. He loved to sit out on the porch that his brother Monty built for him.  Every summer his garden that he planted was his greatest hobby. He loved his tomatoes and was known to be very stingy with them. You can ask his kids about that.

Willy is survived by his wife Kathleen (Reagan) Phillips; Children: James (Judith) Phillips II, Adam (Heather) Phillips, Amber (Anthony) Brown, Aaron (Desiree) Phillips, Kimberly Hunt, Brian (Kelsea) Hunt II, Heather (Mel) Nordyke; Grandchildren: Courtney, Ethan (Codi), Noah, Jalen, Isaiah, Brianna, Jamal, Logyn, Brian III, Spencer; Greatgrandchildren: Greyson James Phillips. Also living are two brothers Larry (Debbie)Phillips and David (Vickie)Burnum, two sisters Cathy (James)Burnum, Pat Phillips, Sisters-in-law Mary Phillips, Barb Monroe, Judy Phillips; special nephew Tony (Beth)Monroe.

Willy was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Sharon Hines Phillips, Brothers Tony Monroe, Albert Phillips, Louie Phillips, Monty Phillips, and Delmer Phillips. Also preceding him in death are grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be at Parson Mortuary 801 W. Adams Street on Tuesday October 15, 2019 at 10:00 am with Mark Wilkerson and Josh Watts officiating. Friends may call from 3 pm -7 pm on Monday October 14, 2019 and one hour before service on Tuesday.

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October 14, 2019

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Parson Mortuary 801 W. Adams Street

Funeral Service
October 15, 2019

10:00 AM
Parson Mortuary 801 W. Adams Street

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