James Franklin Phillips, 83, of Jackson died Sept. 22, 2009 at his residence.
He was born March 10, 1926. He was a deacon for many years at First Assembly of God Church in Jackson. He was an Army Veteran serving in World War II in Japan and the Philippines. He was an avid turkey hunter and Angus cattleman. He was retired from Boise Paper Company. He was a gifted mandolin player. He started playing the mandolin as a child and would play for his brothers and sister.
Survivors include his wife, Nellie Gaye Sullivan Phillips, Jackson; one daughter, Susan (Randal) Broadhead, Jackson; two sisters, Mary Lou Allday, Jackson, Flossie Garrick, Luverne; two grandchildren, Sean Broadhead, Jackson, Philip (Renee) Broadhead, Wagarville; one great-grandchild, Keira Broadhead, Wagarville.
The service was Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Jackson with Rev. E.C. Russell officiating. Burial was in the Clearwater Cemetery in Wagarville. Joe Cook of Nashville, TN played the mandolin for the service. St. Stephens Funeral Home directed.
Active pallbearers were Tillman Bozeman, Walter (Skeeter) Phillips, Steve Phillips, Elray Copeland, Alex Allday and Jimmy Phillips.
Honorary pallbearers were the Deacons of the First Assembly of God Church of Jackson, Austin Anderson, Randal Broadhead, Cecil Roberts, Charlie Roberts and Luther Williams.