OBITUARY

Dr. Jere Marcus Phillips

August 1, 1932May 4, 2013

Dr. Jere M. Phillips, of Birmingham died May 4,2013 at the age of 81. He was born in Thomaston, Alabama and attended Marengo County High School. He furthered his education at Auburn University where he graduated from the school of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate. After veterinary school he was drafted into the U.S. Air Force. There Dr. Phillips met his wife of 42 years, Bettye Sanders. While in the military he attended Texas A&M University receiving a Masters Degree in Laboratory Animal Medicine. His career was spent with the military in lab animal research and caring for the research animal. At one time, Dr. Phillips was assigned to the Pan American Health Organization and stationed in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to assist in the foot and mouth disease Program. He also served as consultant to Paho in other South American countries. After 16 years in the Air Force, he transferred to the Public Health Service and was assigned to the National Institute of Mental Health as institute veterinarian. After 26 years of duty Dr. Phillips retired with the rank of Naval Captain. Following retirement from Federal Service, Dr. Phillips was employed by Sema Corp in Rockville, Maryland as Directory of Veterinary Services caring for a large population of primates involving research in hepatitis, aids, and cancer. He was a diplomat in the College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He then took a position with Auburn University leading up their lab animal medicine program. He retired to Birmingham, AL to be near his family. Dr. Phillips is preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Betty Sanders Phillips and son Jere Marcus Phillips, Jr. He is survived by his son Tommie Phillips and daughter Sara Phillips Nall and granddaughters Cody Nall and Hanna Nall. Funeral Services for Dr. Phillips will be Monday, May 6 ,2013 at 4:00 PM at Ridout’s Valley Chapel in Homewood. Visitation will from 3:00 PM to 4:00PM at Valley Chapel. Burial will take place at Marengo Memorial Gardens in Thomaston, AL The family suggest that donations be made to Thomaston Memorial Association, P.O. Box 192, Thomaston, AL 36783

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Vistation Monday, May 6, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, May 6, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Burial, Reception Will Follow the Service , Following a Reception at Ridout's Valley Chapel the Family Will Receive Friends At
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Sally Crovo

May 8, 2013

Uncle Jere will certainly be missed by many - he was such a wonderful person! I have childhood memories but my latest fun with my Uncle was on Facebook - chatting and posting with him. You all are in our prayers and he will never be forgotten! Love Cousin Sally

Ann Beck Thomas

May 8, 2013

SO blessed to have known this man. Go in peace, Jere; dance with Broom, love on Marc, and be the cabana boy for all!

May 8, 2013

Was a blessing to know that man, and what he meant to his children. He was truly one of a kind. He WILL dance with Broom, love on Mark, and be the cabana boy for all!!!!

Bobby Smith

May 7, 2013

Sad news about a good friend, husband and father. Keep the faith Tommie and Sara. This is only a temporary separation. The Smith family will be praying for you.

Brian & Claire Gisselbeck

May 7, 2013

So sorry to hear about the loss of your father, Sara - our prayers go out to you, Tom, and the rest of your family. He will be missed. xoxo

Sue- Sue Sherrill

May 7, 2013

Sara,
When I heard the news about your dad I was so sad for you. I know just how you feel. Your dad was an amazing man. He sure was the best pal to my dad. They did so many fun things together taking care of morningside. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. My mom will miss her phone visits with him, he kept her up to date on the scoop at morningside. Love to all of you,
Sue-
Sue

Cecil Williamson

May 6, 2013

Sara, now I see where you get your creativity and energy. I wish I had known your Dad, but I know you and that is almost as good. Sara, please know you are in my prayers, I still think of my Dad and its been 39 years. Much love.

James Johnson

May 6, 2013

Uncle Jere was a gentle, kind, man that loved his wife and children and they loved him. He will be missed.

Patricia Bryant

May 6, 2013

Dear Sara,
Your dad was such an accomplished man both personally and professionally. What a legacy he has in you and his beautiful grand daughters. You are in my prayers.

Kim Fagan

May 6, 2013

Sara, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know how much you loved your Dad and how very much he loved you. So glad I had the opportunity to meet him. Heaven has truly been blessed with his passing.