Rev. Burnell Phillips, Sr.
BRANDON — Rev. Burnell Phillips, Sr., 86, died Dec. 28, 2008, at Crossgates River Oaks Medical Center.
Services were held Dec. 30 in the chapel of Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Jackson with burial fin Lakewood Memorial Park.
Rev. Phillips was born on April 22, 1922 in Jackson, the son of the late William and Birdie Phillips and graduated from Central High School. A World War II veteran, Rev. Phillips served his country in the European Theater as a soldier in the U.S. Army. After the war, he returned to Jackson continued his education at Millsaps College and earned his degree from Clark College. He became a United Methodist minister and served the Lord faithfully throughout the Mississippi Conference for over 50 years. After retirement he continued serving the church. His last appointment was to Drakes United Methodist Church in Flowood.
He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings and a son, Burnell Phillips, Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Margie Phillips of Brandon; daughter, Clara Ruth Philley of Brandon, and five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Methodist Children's Home, 4715 Methodist Farm Road, Jackson, MS 39213.