James Edward Phillips
NATICK: James Edward Phillips, 72, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
James Phillips was born on January 9, 1946 in Nashville, TN to the late Margaret E. (Phillips) Walker and Douglas Harris.
He married Dr. Dorothy Wingfield Phillips on September 2, 1967.
James earned his B.S. degree at Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN, and his M.S. degree at the University of Cincinnati, OH, both in chemistry.
He worked at the Dow Chemical Company for eight years and for Waters Corporation, both in Milford, for 27 years before retiring.
James was an active member of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, he served as photographer, Director-at-Large and Chair of the Board of Publications. He enjoyed playing and watching tennis and he and Dorothy enjoyed traveling together.
His many hobbies included photography, designing and making stained glass pieces and gardening at his Natick residence. He was an active member of Fisk United Methodist Church in Natick. Over the years, he participated in the choir and the Board of Trustees, and was a Sunday School teacher at the church.
James is survived by his wife, Dr. Dorothy Wingfield Phillips of Natick, his children Vickie Thomas and her husband Albert Thomas of Ellenwood, GA; Pastor Anthony J. Phillips of Atlanta, GA and Crystal J. Mayo of Natick. Brother of Herbert Phillips and his wife Cassaundra Phillips; Douglas Harris, Jr.; Riley Harris; Deborah Harris and Mitzi Harris, all of Nashville, TN . Grandfather of Braelen Phillips; Andrew Phillips, Anthony Phillips Jr; Elizabeth Mayo; Logan Mayo; Brian Walker and Eric Lockett and Great-grandfather of Brian Walker Jr. Brother-in-law of Dr. Robert Wingfield; Oddie Wingfield and his wife Dr. Shirley Wingfield; Dwight Wingfield; Addie Jenkins; Patricia McCarroll, Elsie Hurt all of Nashville, TN, and Rev. Margaret Smith of Belleville, IL. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. James was preceded in death by his sister, Paulette Gray and nurturing uncle and aunt George and Ethel Hart.
Visitations will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rte. 30), Wayland.
His Funeral Service will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 10:00 am at Fisk United Methodist Church, 106 Walnut St. in Natick.
Interment will immediately follow the service in Dell Park Cemetery in Natick.
In lieu of flowers, his family kindly suggests that memorial gifts in James’ memory be sent to Fisk United Methodist Church, 106 Walnut St, Natick, MA 01760 or The Multiple Myeloma Research Fund, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.