Jim R. Phillips

October 2, 1932December 28, 2015

Jim R. Phillips, born Oct. 2, 1932 in Dallas, Texas, longtime resident of El Paso, passed away Monday December 28, 2015. Jim called El Paso home for 46 years. He is preceded in death by his parents Hosea and Amanda Phillips, sister Eva Rodrick, brothers Durwood Phillips, Walter Phillips Sr., William (Bill) Phillips, mother of his children Janet Jordan Phillips, daughters Julie and Jane. Survived by his devoted beloved wife of 45 years Nita Bentley Phillips, son J.R. Phillips (Heidi), granddaughter Jessica Phillips Arnold (Adam), grandson Jordan Phillips (Aimee), great granddaughter Ember Arnold, great grandson Jaxon Phillips, sister Grace Thomas, and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws, extended family and friends. Jim graduated Forest Avenue High in Dallas, TX, served in the United States Air Force, and graduated in 3 years from TCU in 1958. Worked and excelled in advertising and in public relations. Jim Phillips is well known in broadcasting and banking circles. His broadcast career began in 1958, working for the Texas State Networks Flagship station, KFJZ, it was the beginning of an exciting career. Since the early days as Sales Manager at KFJZ in Fort Worth, Jim has a long track record that includes being a shareholder and operator of broadcast properties in Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, Arizona, and Nevada. His broadcast highlights include being president of the Texas Association of Broadcasters, Texas Broadcaster of the Year, a director and member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, serving on the Arbitron ratings Council and various state and national committees. Civic and community honors include El Paso Ad Man of the Year, National Conference of Christians and Jews Human Relations Award, City of El Paso Conquistador Award, The Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award 1994 and 1996, Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Star Award, LULAC, Humanitarian Award, Rotary Club of El Paso Distinguished Service Award, Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year, 2010 El Pasoan of the Year, just to name a few. Past presidencies include The El Paso Chapter National Conference of Christians and Jews, The El Paso Chamber of Commerce, United Way of El Paso, Sierra Providence Health Network, UTEP Development Board, Chairman of Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board, Texas Tech Medical Center Foundation, Sun Carnival Association, El Paso Boys Club, East El Paso Rotary Club, Texas Association of Broadcasters, Fort Worth Junior Chamber, McAllen United Way with countless others. This is Jim R. Phillips, a man who though not born into success, possessed the burning desire and unusual talents to become a “self-made man” through dedication, work, and tireless energy. Jim’s favorite quote: Figure it out for yourself, my lad You have all that the greatest men have had; two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes. And a brain to use if you would be wise, with this equipment they all began so start for the top and say I CAN. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday December 31, 2015 at 11:00 am at Trinity First Methodist, 801 N. Mesa El Paso, TX 79902. Burial will be at a later date in Boerne, Texas. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the UTEP Jim R. Phillips Endowed Scholarship. 500 West University Ave. El Paso, TX 79968, Centers Against Family Violence or a charity of your choice. We would like to say thank you to the caregivers Ken Butler, Anthony Urrutia, Choice Hospice, especially Joe Urrutia, and Rosa Vasquez. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West 128 N. Resler Dr. El Paso, TX 79912


  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 31, 2015

Jim R. Phillips

have a memory or condolence to add?

Jessica Phillips

July 30, 2017

Thank you everyone for all the love and prayers sent , my papaw was and will always be my hero. We miss him dearly but we're blessed to have him.
His granddaughter,
Jessica Phillips

Jayne Ebensberger- Walsh

February 28, 2016

Jim and Janet, along with their precious children, were our neighbors many years ago in McAllen - more importantly though they were our good friends. They were very special people and the memories I have of all of them I have always held dear.. May you rest in peace Jim. Blessings to your family.... Mary Jayne, Jerry, Martha and Emily Ebensberger.

February 2, 2016

Dear Mrs. Phillips, I sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. Phillips at Coronado Country Club. I worked in the bag room and I recount the many times he would speak with me. His infectious smile and love for live was amazing! I recall when he lost his wedding ring and I found it hidden in the golf cart. He was distraught about it, he gave me a reward and a letter, to this day I still have that letter. May the Lord continue to hold you.
Tito Herrera

vivian & tate celaya

January 4, 2016

We loved Jim. He was a very generous man who helped many people throughout his life. We will miss him greatly.

January 3, 2016

Dear Nita , I am so sorry to learn of Jim's death. You and Jim were among the first to reach out to Haskell and me in friendship when we arrived at UTEP. Some of our favorite memories are based upon our interactions with the two of you.

Jim was a truly outstanding citizen, contributing to every good cause with great energy and wise leadership. He will be greatly missed.

Jo Monroe

Bill and Mary Jean Erskikne

January 2, 2016

To Nita and family
We were so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a wonderful man and a friend to many. His talents were many and a real asset to the El Paso community. Our most sincere sympathy to you and your family.
Bill and Mary Jean Erskine

January 1, 2016

I will miss him...Knew him for 38 years...
Jim Slone Tucson

Connie Shaw

December 31, 2015

Nita,You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you and pray that your days are filled with all the joyful and loving memories you had with Jim. I know my Dad is smiling in heaven with Jim at his side! Gods Blessings Love Connie

Leonor Herrera

December 31, 2015

There will be an empty chair at the holiday table this year, but it will be filled with loving memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

December 30, 2015

Jim will continue to bless the lives of generations past, present and future. The smile of Mr. El Paso greeted countless persons of all walks and talks in our International community . Jim and Nita or Nita and Jim ... the order does not matter, as they will continue to show us the celebration of true love and devotion to Faith,
Family and Friends.
Rosario y Hector Holguin