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George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

2812 North Highland, Jackson, TN

OBITUARY

Eloise McCallen Phillips

July 16, 1924July 27, 2020
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Eloise McCallen Phillips, age 96, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2020, after a brief illness.

Born on July 16, 1924 in Memphis, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late John Charles McCallen, Jr. and Laura Ethel Wragg McCallen. Visitation with the family will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 11:00 to 1:00 with the service immediately following at George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home, 2812 N. Highland Avenue, Jackson, TN 38305. Graveside services at Ridgecrest Cemetery to follow

She was a 1946 graduate of Union University, where she was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity. She was also a member the Mutual Improvement Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the War of 1812, and the PEO Sisterhood. She had a lifelong fascination with genealogy, and had traced her family lineage all the way back to 1610 in Ireland.

She was a devoted member of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson for more than 40 years, and was well-loved by the congregation. She sang in the church choir for forty-two years, finally retiring from the choir on Easter Sunday of 2019. She also served in many other church capacities.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Dr. James Alfred Phillips of Jackson, her sister Jacqueline McCallen Leahy of St. Louis, Missouri, and her brother Charles Gordon McCallen of Nashville, Tennessee.

Mrs. Phillips is survived by her three sons: James McLeskey Phillips (Deborah) of Wilmington North Carolina; John Charles (Jack) Phillips (Karen) of Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia; and George Robert Phillips (Susan) of Nashville, Tennessee. Five grandchildren: Jennifer Phillips Locklear (Alex) of Cary, North Carolina; Sarah Phillips Parker (Rob) of Wilmington North Carolina; James Alfred Phillips II (Rebecca) of Greenville, South Carolina; Katherine Elizabeth (Katie) Phillips of Nashville, Tennessee and James (Trey) McLeskey Phillips III of Atlanta, Georgia. Five great-grandchildren: Jaxon Joe Holland, Charlotte Elizabeth Parker, Robert James McLeskey Phillips, Eliana Adele Locklear, and John Isaac McCallen Phillips.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers any memorials be directed to First Presbyterian Church or the charity of the donor's choice.

Services

  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • The Funeral Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Interment

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

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Susan Walker

July 31, 2020

Dear Family,
I know you will be missing a wonderful gracious lady in your lives with miss Eloise’s passing. She was a gentle lady and dedicated PEO sister who was dearly loved by all her chapter sisters. She will be missed by many. We are thankful for her sweet spirit and great food recipes. Our lives are better because she graced our paths! May the Lord grant you peace and comfort as you lay her to rest. Blessings to all!

Robbie Rodgers

July 30, 2020

To Eloise’s loving family: Eloise was a gracious, caring, loving, compassionate, affectionate, pluncky, independent lady. She loved God, her family, her church and all her numerous friends. I am blessed to have been one of Eloise’s many, many friends. She is in Heaven, can hear perfectly, is pain free and singing in that beautiful voice of hers. She will be sorely missed by me and all who loved her.

Jenny Craig

July 29, 2020

I am the circle leader for Abigail Circle of which Eloise was a member. I am also a member of the Bell Choir so got to see her frequently in areas other than morning worship. She was such a wonderfully warm person who always had a kind word for everyone. I am so happy she got to celebrate 90 years and that I got to know her. She will be missed by us all. Jenny Craig

Alice-Catherine Carls

July 29, 2020

Dear Phillips family members ,

It is with sadness that we learned of the passing of your dear beloved Eloise. She was quite an exceptional woman, a good friend to so many at our church, and a person of great talent. Her memory will live in all the things she did for First Presbyterian Church, in particular in the lyrics she wrote for our sesquicentennial hymn. She also wrote a history of the railroads of Jackson, TN, which is located in the Tennessee Room of the JMC Public Library. Yet few people knew about her achievements, for she was very modest. So capable, so generous, so independent, so strong, she was one of my "mentors" when I first came to Jackson and joined FPC thirty-seven years ago. She was wise and kind. She always had a smile for everyone she met. Steve and I cannot think of her without thinking of Dr. Phillips, who was also a dear friend. They both embodied a great era in Jackson's history.

We share in your loss and will miss Eloise very much, and yet we are blessed to have so many great memories to remember her by. To me particularly, she represents quiet, steady joy, and it is an image that gives me strength every time I think about her.

May God keep you in His Grace and Love,

Stephen and Catherine Carls

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