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03/14/10 - NNHS Newsletter
Jesse Phillips

Jesse Lee Phillips, Sr.
(14 June 1921 - 10 Mar 2010)

Newport News High School Class of 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have even more sad news today.      Jesse Phillips, Class of 1939, passed away in Riverside Hospital on Wednesday, March 10, 2009 at the age of 88.



     
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HAMPTON - Jesse Lee Phillips Sr. died Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at Riverside Hospital.

Jesse was born June 14, 1921, in Warwick County, Va., now Newport News. As a boy, Jesse lived on his family's dairy farm on the James River, where he loved to fish and sail the river. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1939. He served honorably in the Virginia National Guard while attending the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Apprentice School. In 1944, he joined the Marine Corps and served as a radar technician in the Night Fighter Squadron serving in China.

 

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Jesse owned and operated the first aluminum siding company in Newport News from 1956 to 1961. In 1962, he relocated his family to Houston, Texas, where he worked as a mechanical draftsman for NASA. During his career with NASA, he was instrumental in shaping the designs for the Gemini and Apollo space missions. Jesse retired from NASA in 1979. After retirement, he worked for several private companies in Houston until 1992. During his post retirement career, he helped to design the Wake Shield Facility, which was flown on the Shuttle at least three times. Jesse was very proud of his contributions to the space program.

Jesse was preceded in rest by his wife of 41 years, Marie Campbell Phillips; brothers, Warren and Tommy Phillips, and Danny Morgan; and ex-wife, Ruby Berka (mother of his children).

Jesse is survived by his son, Lee Phillips; his daughters, Kathy Hurlock and husband, Allen, Patte Wajciechowski and husband, Wayne; his grandchildren, Kelli West and husband, Tim, Nikki Galindo and husband, Dave, Justin Phillips, Sarah, Michelle, and Allen (A.J.) Hurlock, and Madison Wooten; three great-grandchildren; his sister, Jean Burdick; his brother, James Morgan and wife, Carolyn; his sister-in-law, Smokey Phillips; and very special nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff of Northampton Convalescent Center and Dr. Sarah Bushey, for the excellent care they gave our father during the latter part of his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to either the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or the Hampton Fire and Rescue.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive family and friends at 301 North Keith Road, in Hampton, immediately following the burial.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com  to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press from March 14 to March 15, 2010.
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March 14, 2010
 
Our hearts go out to the family and the friends of the late Jesse Phillips. We offer our deepest sympathy in this time of loss. Uncle Jesse will continue to be a part of our lives through the many memories of visits and time shared together, as well as of our frequent phone conversations over the years. We still are inspired by eagerly shared enthusiasm for the many contributions he made to the NASA space projects. Every report of a NASA project on the news instantly brings Uncle Jesse to our minds and our hearts. While we all grieve at this time in our own ways, we are strengthened and comforted by the way Uncle Jesse lived his life and followed his dreams. He touched all of our lives in many ways. He will truly be missed. As we mourn, we celebrate what a wonderful person he was to everyone. We'll be keeping the family in our prayers.
God Bless: Mary Anna (Campbell) Smith and husband, Doug Smith
 
~ Mary Anna (Campbell) Smith, Shawnee, Kansas
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Mr. Phillips was the best man I have ever met. I will dearly miss our visits. I enjoyed listening to his interesting stories and browsing thru his photographs. My friend. Kind, gentle, funny, and cool. I will miss you every day of my life. May you rest in peace. I love you.

~ Linda Petrie, Hampton, Virginia
 

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the entire Phillips family and their friends at this difficult time.



  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
618-530-9092
   



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