James (Jim) Farmington Phillips
Fayetteville, Tenn. - James (Jim) Farmington Phillips, age 91, was received into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the morning of October 28, 2019.
Jim was born at home on November 9, 1927, to Eliza P. (Weatherford) and David C. Phillips in Pocahontas, Ark. He was the third of seven children and grew up in and around Pocahontas. As a son of a sharecropper he left school early to help with the farming and in providing for the family. He was injured as a youth and was unable to qualify for military service so he headed to St Louis where he went to work for Wagner Electric Company – he remained employed for them for over 40 years until his retirement. He also met the love of his life in St. Louis, Lorraine, on a blind date set up by his cousin, Pete Clark, and married her within months on September 3, 1950, in Pocahontas.
Jim continued his education by attending night school classes in auto mechanics. In his spare time, he would work on – or in his own words – “tinker” with cars well into his eighties. Once retired, Jim lived out his faith by volunteering as a reading tutor at the local elementary school, as a Special Olympics bowling coach, as a Bingo caller for the senior center, an Usher at his church and at one of the community food banks where he eventually became the coordinator. This meant he had to not only learn how to use a computer but also do all the ordering on-line at the age of 80!
As well as being a loving husband and father, Jim was an avid fisherman, bowler, pinochle player, bird watcher, bingo player, dog lover, St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and a self-proclaimed connoisseur of all varieties of fried chicken.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Lorraine (Schmidt); parents, Eliza and David; brother, Cleo Phillips; and sisters, Vera Thompson, Vona (Billie) Baker and Mildred (Mill) Davis.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Lori (Tim) Watt; grandchildren, Ashlee (James), Kody and Duncan; two greatgrandchildren; sister, Vada Schafer of Pocahontas; brother, Carl Phillips of Potosi, Mo.; brotherin-law, Harold Davis of Pocahontas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Bailey Manor of Fayetteville, Tenn. and Avalon Hospice for their loving care and support.
Visitation will be held at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas on November 3, 2019 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. with Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 p.m.