Elder Jesse Clayton Phillips
(March 5, 1936 – Feb. 18, 2019) Elder Jesse Clayton Phillips of Pontotoc passed from this life on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at the State Veterans Home in Oxford.
A memorial service for Elder Phillips will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dewayne Dubard and the Rev. Fletcher Moorman officiating. Visitation will be at Oliver Funeral Home on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m.
Elder Phillips, 82, was born in Geneva, Ga., on March 5, 1936. He was the son of the late William Steven and Corinne Crumbie Phillips, and the widower Kathleen Sykes Phillips. Elder Phillips was a Primitive Baptist minister for many years, pastoring numerous churches in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi, with the majority of his pastorates being in Mississippi.
Elder Phillips was also retired from H & R Block in Memphis, and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a stepdaughter Dorothy Joe “Dot” Chism; brother-in-law R.J. Sykes; and 11 brothers and sisters.
Elder Phillips is survived by his stepdaughter Doris Elaine Blackburn (Stephen Glen) of Hernando; sister Nancy “Nell” Singleton of Georgia; grandchildren, Christy Jo Russell, Timothy Chism and Glenna Denise Bates; great-grandchild, Brody Tyler Birdsong; sisters-in-law, Lucy McCollough of Duck Hill, Sarah Hendrix of Grenada and Bonnie Applegate of Dayton, Ohio; brother-in-law Sam Sykes of Grenada and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Primitive Baptist Church, 43 Lower Bethlehem Road, Winona, MS 38967; or to the Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 410 Hwy 404, Duck Hill, MS 38925.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona (www.ofhwinona.com) is handling arrangements.