James “Jim” Eulos Phillips, Sr., 83, passed away on May 24, 2020 after battling a long illness.
He was born on September 11, 1936 to Oscar and Jewel Phillips in Crossett.
Mr. Phillips was graduated from Crossett High School in 1955 when he enlisted in the US Navy, serving until 1960. While stationed in Newport, Rhode Island, he met Andrea Easson, the love of his life. They were married on August 4, 1957. Upon his discharge, Jim and Andie returned to Crossett where they raised their seven children.
Mr. Phillips loved his family, nieces and nephews and kids in general, no matter who they belonged to. Each has their favorite “Daddy”, “Uncle Jimmy” and “Papaw” stories. He loved to crappie fish, hunt and was a big Arkansas Razorback fan. He retired from Georgia Pacific after 41 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Jewel Jones Phillips; his sister, Audrey Pryor; his son, Robert (Bobby) Phillips; his grandson, Thomas Adam McCay and son-in-law, Gary Riles.
Jim is survived by his wife of 62 years, Andrea (Andie) Easson Phillips; six children, James E. Phillips, Jr. (Lila), Janet Riles, Cindy Griffis (Bob), Karen Phillips, Patty Cobb (Chris) and Peggy Studer (Marty); ten grandchildren, Kelly Griffis Ham (Chris), Jessica Phillips Robinett (Josh), Jennifer Griffis, Chris Phillips, Robert Paul Phillips, Jordan Phillips, Andrea Studer, James Michael Riles, Joe Studer and Jack Cobb; four great-grandchildren, Brice Phillips, Ava Robinett, Corbin Ham and Camryn Ham.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at First Baptist Church with Bro. Jamie Stahley officiating. Interment will be at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home, Inc.
Pallbearers are Jack Cobb, Chris Ham, James M. Riles, Robert Paul Phillips, Chris Phillips and Corbin Ham. Honorary Pallbearers are Brice Phillips, Jordan Phillips, Josh Robinett and Joe Studer.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 global threat, there will be no public visitation service.