Nancy Rogers Phillips
October 31, 1934 – July 1, 2020
Nancy Rogers Phillips, age 85, of Fairview,TN and formerly of Jackson, TN, passed away on July 1, 2020 after suffering a stroke.
She was born on October 31, 1934 in the cotton mill town of Bemis, TN to William Clyde Rogers and Irma Lee Phillips Rogers.
Graduating from J.B. Young High School in 1952, Nancy married Lum Lamar Phillips in July 1952 and began a 20-year traveling adventure with the U.S. Air Force and later with GM&O Railroad moving her family around the south.
In 1971, she returned to her beloved Bemis with her husband and four children. They operated the Phillips Gulf Service Station on South Highland at Highway 18 during the 1970s. She retired from the Jackson-Madison County School System after 18 years driving school bus routes in south and west Jackson. In retirement, she enjoyed time spent with family and friends. After her husband’s death, she relocated to Fairview in 2011, but always enjoyed return visits to her home and church.
She was an extraordinary woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Beautiful, inside and out, she loved and treasured her family beyond measure. A member of Bemis United Methodist Church, she encouraged a love of the Lord to all those blessed enough to know her. A giver of all things, she loved everyone and was generous to a fault.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lamar Phillips, sister Doris Eason, infant sister Linda Mae Rogers, grandsons Timothy Phillips II and Stephen Wesley Phillips, and two infant great grandchildren, Jude and Cooper.
She is survived by her sister Shirley (Rene) Held of Virginia, brother Buddy (Linda) Rogers of Jackson, sister-in-law Rachel Errington of Georgetown, MS; sons Tim (Robin) Phillips of Fairview and Roger (Debbie) Phillips of Saltillo; daughters Susan (Chuck) Wheeler of Crenshaw, MS and Nancy (Bobby) Stephens of Fairview; grandchildren Chris (Melissa) Phillips of Jackson, Thrysten Phillips of Louisiana, Michelle (Chad) Jenkins of Como, MS, Eric (Kendall) Phillips of Lebanon, Shelby (Dwight) Terwilliger of Centerville, Bobby Stephens Jr. of Fairview; Katherine (Mike) Ivey-Vackar of Boerne, TX, Tiffany (Tim) Martin of Puryear, Amanda Curtis (Wayne) of Nashville; 17 great grandchildren – Tyler, Kolby, Alexis, Jaxon, Lucy, Chris, Kyle, Chloe, Mikaela, Evan, Lillie, Pierce, Breanna, Liam, Charlotte, Miranda and Avery; several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends including her ‘adopted’ daughters Sandra Blaylock and Deborah McDonald.
Visitation will be Monday, July 6 from 4 – 7 p.m. at George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home South Chapel in Jackson, Tennessee. Celebration of Life Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7 officiated by Walter German and family members. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens.
The family respects each individuals’ personal decision to attend or not due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pallbearers will be Chris Phillips, Eric Phillips, Dwight Terwilliger, Bobby Stephens Jr., Jaxon Jenkins and Chad Jenkins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bemis United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 9298, Jackson, TN 38314.
The Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones
Monday, July 6, 2020
The Funeral Service
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Nancy Rogers Phillips
July 9, 2020
I worked at Graceworks in Fairview for a number of years. The many residents of the area that came in often, were a real special part of my days there. Ms Nancy I remember so vividly, and I have thought of her so often over the past year, her gentle spirit, contagious smile and kindness brought a special joy to my days that she came in to shop. I feel blessed that she was a part of my life and for our wonderful visits.
My love and prayers are being offered to her family.
LeEmma Maness (carol Jean's granddaughter)
July 6, 2020
Aunt Nancy was such a sweet person and a joy to be around, when I was a little girl I remember every Halloween going to see her and uncle Lamar, she just loved for us kids to come and see her, and even as I've grown up and had my own children when she was at her house in Jackson my grandmother would tell me your aunt Nancy is at her house and she would tell me to take my babies over there that it would make her day and it always did she loved holding my babies when they were born she would say they look just like real baby dolls. I love you aunt Nancy I will always remember your smile and your loving sweet personality!