Nicholas Alexander Phillips

July 24, 2001April 23, 2012

Nicholas Alexander Phillips, 10, passed away at T. C. Thompson Children’s Hospital on Monday, April 23, 2012. Nick’s buoyant attitude and gentle tenacity taught his family and friends how to love selflessly and carry on through hardships. His example will be a guide and comfort to those grieving his loss. He was a devoted aquarium enthusiast and played baseball with the Rivermont Dream League. He loved the River Park, his collection of movies and books (especially Cars), horses, and his dog Buster. He was born July 24, 2001 in Chattanooga and is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Sonia Phillips, of Hixson; grandparents, Robert and Jean Phillips, of Hixson; grandmother, May Ruth Hartman, of Red Bank; sister, Emilia Phillips, and her husband, Jeremy Hakes, of Richmond, Va.; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family wishes to thank all of Nicholas’s friends at Rivermont Dream League, Chattanooga Zoo, and Northgate Mall; his special friend Olivia Micka; Dr. Thomas Farmer of Rivermont Presbyterian; Abbie Agnew at Make-a-Wish; the staff at ContinuCare Health Services; the wonderful doctors and nurses at T.C. Thompson’s, particularly the PICU unit, who have taken care of Nicholas for ten years; the doctors at Highland Pediatric; Dr. Rizwan Hamid of Vanderbilt University; Southeastern Orthotics; all of the therapists and teachers who have worked with Nicholas at home, including Debbie Hightower, Janice Jones, Kasha Griffith, Natasha Twiggs, Linda Corder, Donna Hicks; and especially his loving and devoted nurses Misty Fergason and Joed Hutsell. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 pm on Wednesday at the North Chapel. A service for Nick will be held at 2:30 pm on Thursday at the North Chapel. Burial will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers or food, the family requests donations be made to the Propionic Acidemia Foundation, 1963 McCraren Road, Highland Park, IL 60035, and T.C. Thompson’s Children’s Hospital Foundation, 910 Blackford Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403. Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 26, 2012


Nicholas Alexander Phillips

have a memory or condolence to add?

Jean Phillips

April 24, 2021

The joy of a lot of time with Nicholas gave me so many precious memories that choosing just one would really be beyond my ability, but one thing does stand out in my mind. It would be when he was so very sick that we would go to the hospital and spend several days until he was feeling better. Then when he realized it was going home day he was so happy and so excited he was bouncing around in and on the bed and was the funniest boy you have ever seen. His ability to express himself without a single word was amazing

Jean Phillips

August 18, 2019

I have the honor of being one of his grandmothers. He was the most wonderful person I have ever known. I was amazed how he lived thru each day with much joy despite all the problems he had. Nicholas made an unforgettable impression on my life that has totally changed the way I see and deal with many things. God blessed our entire family with this beautiful life. I thank God for him daily.


March 15, 2017

We never stop thinking about you. We miss you but will be with you again one day.


February 1, 2016

We'll see you soon my little buddy.

Mom and Dad

April 23, 2015

On the third year anniversary of Nick's "graduation" from this life to a better life, it seemed appropriate to share a portion of a May 14th, 2012 letter from Linda Corder, Nick's Teacher:

"Nick was one of the most awesome disciples God brought into this world. As many will assert, "He taught each individual who was lucky enough to be in his presence about love, joy, patience, kindness, and goodness. There was never an evil action displayed in that wonderful little boy."

Thank you Linda for your kind words. You were a wonderful teacher to our precious son.

Ken and Sonia

Sonia Phillips

March 25, 2015

I miss you every day, my beautiful, precious boy!
I love you,

sam reeves

July 28, 2012

hey my buddy nicholas you are greatly missed by the dream team all the dream team loves you nicholas

Karen Polcen

June 12, 2012

I think of Nicholas, too, and it is very often. I can't believe he is not on this earth. My sympathies go out to his family. I miss working at the mall, but I think of him often.

Pop Pop and Memaw Phillips

June 11, 2012

Our dearest Nicholas, there is never a day goes by that we don't think of the many happy memories of the life you shared with us. How precious these memories are. Some bring smiles and some bring tears, but always we thank God for every precious moment of your life. Our deepest love, Pop Pop and Memaw

Lamar Davis

June 1, 2012

Truly a precious angel Sonia! Love all the wonderful pictures of Nicholas and you all. Each breath we take is a blessing. I can tell that his presence in your life has been sacred and holy. Each time you think of him I know you will think of the love of God and the peace that that love brings. Its an honor to know you as we do, and we will be remembering you all in your grief. Our prayers are with you, and we pray Ken a safe journey to Afghanistan and back. Bless you, Kenneth, Robert, Jean, and all your extended family always. With Love, Lamar, Lynn, Dillon, and Claire Davis