Jack E. Phillips, 84, of Richmond, Ky.,, formerly of Burnwell, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Baptist Health in Richmond, Ky.
Born February 5, 1929, at Burnwell, Ky., he was the son of the late Earl Phillips and Opal Pigman Phillips.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother, James Philips; and a sister, Billie Cammack.
Jack was a retired educator. He was well respected by fellow educators and beloved by his science students.
During his years of employment with the Mingo County Board of Education he taught science at Matewan High School and Williamson High School. He was the supervisor of the county science department at the time of his retirement.
Jack was a Lieutenant Commander in the United State Navy and served in the Pacific Theater during the Korean War. He was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii for a period of time and it was there that his daughter Ann V. Phillips was born.
Jack is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Valerie Ruzie Phillips; and a beloved daughter, Ann V. Phillips, of Richmond, Ky. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Martha Hackney of Ardmore, Ala.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday evening, March 15, at Weaver Mortuary in West Williamson. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the mortuary. The Rev. Ron Sanger will officiate. Interment is in the Phillips Cemetery at Burnwell, Ky. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Express online condolences at www.weavermortuaryinc.com. Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson is serving the Phillips family.