James ‘Jim’ Phillips

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

James “Jim” Phillips, of Pitkin, Louisiana passed away on Dec. 20, 2018 at his home, at the age of 76.

Born on Feb. 18, 1942, in Big Timber, Montana to Stanley and Johnnie Phillips, Jim was raised in and around the Livingston, Montana area until graduating from Park County High School in Livingston.

Upon graduation, Jim entered the Marine Corps, where he served with honor and distinction for 20 years, ultimately retiring in May of 1979. During his time in the Marines, Jim served in Force Recon, then transitioned into Aviation later in his career. He served around the world, including two tours in Vietnam, and multiple deployments to Southeast Asia during his time in Force Recon. During his career in the Marine Corps, he married Gail, and they had two sons, Chris and Scott.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, Jim and his family eventually settled in the Anacoco, Louisiana area while he worked Federal Civil Service at Fort Polk, Louisiana. While Jim worked for the federal government, he also graduated with honors from Northwestern State University, earning a bachelor’s degree. Also, during this time, Jim donated his time as a reserve sheriff’s deputy for the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office while helping Gail raise their two sons. Jim retired from civil service after 22 years of service, totaling 42 years of service to the military, and ultimately to his nation.

Toward the end of his career with the Federal Civil Service, Jim and Gail relocated to Pitkin, Louisiana, where they enjoyed watching their grandchildren grow up and greatgrandchildren play. They also attended Arkadelphia Baptist Church, where Jim accepted Christ and was baptized. Due to his time spent in Vietnam, and exposure to Agent Orange, Jim battled several health issues until succumbing to them. During this time, he served as an example of the willing sacrifice he gave to his country, to both of his sons, and to his grandchildren.

He is survived by this wife of 50 years, Mary Gail Phillips; two sons, Chris and his wife, Melita, of DeRidder, Louisiana, and Scott and his wife, Deborah, of Pitkin, Louisiana; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Bill Phillips, of Livingston, Montana; his brother-in-law, Ted Lamprich, of Farmerville, Louisiana; and his sister-in-law, Jean Guidry, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Johnnie Phillips; and his beloved sister-in-law, Carol Phillips, and her eldest son, David Phillips. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a favorite veteran organization.

Visitation was held on Dec. 26, 2018 at Labby Memorial Funeral Home in DeRidder, Louisiana and on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 in the Arkadelphia Baptist Church in Pitkin. The funeral service was held at 10 a.m., with Rev. Brent Maxwell officiating. Internment followed at Arkadelphia Cemetery in Pitkin under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home. Words of comfort may be expressed to the Phillips family at www.labbymemorial.com.

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