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 William James “Jack” Phillips

William James “Jack” Phillips

Birth
Spiro, Le Flore County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 30 Jan 1984 (aged 61)
Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Burial Three Mile Bay, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 67512010 · View Source
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William James [Jack] Phillips was born on Christmas Day, 1922, in Spiro, Oklahoma. He is the oldest of the six children born to William Thomas Phillips II and Stella Lee [Moore] Phillips. Siblings: Ruby Lee [Phillips] Larsen (1925-2003), Guy Parker Phillips (1927-1986), Reba Rebecca [Phillips] Mewes (1929-2003), Bobby Wayne Phillips (1931-1996) and Hoyett Leroy Phillips (1933-1997). Jack Dempsey was a popular boxer at the time that William James was born and his father Tom thought his newborn son was a tough little fighter so he nicknamed him "Jack" in honor of the famous boxer. The nickname stayed with him throughout his life and was the name that the family knew him by. During the Oklahoma dust bowl days of the 1930's, his parents moved the family to California around 1937 in search of work. They found work as migrant fruit pickers and when his father later was hired to do some carpentry work, Jack went along to help. In 1940, the family lived in Madera, California, then later they followed the construction job and they moved to Boulder City, Nevada. During World War II Jack served as a PFC with the Army 716th Military Police Battalion for two enlistments. He was discharged in November 1946. While in the Army, Jack married Alberta M. Brown (daughter of Claude Deval Brown and Mabel Edna Shaw Brown)on June 30, 1945 at the Pine Camp (now Ft. Drum) chapel. He became father to her son Charles. Jack & Alberta became the parents of seven more children; Vernon Leroy, Dawn Elanie, Jacquelyn Marie, Donald William, Gary Allen, Randy Lee and Timothy Ray. After his military service, Jack worked as a cupola tender for the Bagley and Sewall Co. He continued at the job when the plant was acquired by Black Clawson Co. He retired in 1983. He was a member of the Clayton Senior Citizens Club and the Depauville Methodist Church. He was also active with area boy Scout organizations. He died Monday morning, in the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, N.Y., where he had been a patient for 5 days. Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 1, 1984 at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home and burial was in Three Mile Bay Cemetery.


Gravesite Details 25 Dec 1922-30 Jan 1984 U. S. ARMY WWII

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  • Created by: Simmons Family
  • Added: 27 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67512010
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William James “Jack” Phillips (25 Dec 1922–30 Jan 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67512010, citing Three Mile Bay Cemetery, Three Mile Bay, Jefferson County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Simmons Family (contributor 47450990) .