Roosevelt Phillips

Roosevelt Phillips

Friday, November 11th, 1949 - Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
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Brother Roosevelt Phillips, a native and lifelong resident of Mobile, Alabama, was born on November 11, 1949. He was the eighth of nine children born to the union of Randall and Hattie George Phillips. Roosevelt was influenced greatly by the faith of his mother. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He was a devoted member of Greater Morning Star Baptist Church. He always enjoyed Vacation Bible School. He served as the Sunday School Superintendent and attended Baptist Training Union. He later became a Trustee and participated in the choir. Roosevelt often sang hymns at home. He departed this life on October 9, 2019.
Roosevelt graduated in 1968 from Central High School, home of the Wildcats. He was a proud band member of the Mighty Marching 130, where he played the saxophone. In 2018, he celebrated his 50th Year Class Reunion. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged. While stationed in California, he enjoyed visiting his sister, Rosetta, and her family on weekends. He graduated from Alabama State University, where he earned BA, MA, and AA degrees. He then taught history at the Continuous Learning Center. After 38 years of faithful service, Roosevelt retired from the Mobile County Public School System.
Roosevelt and Joyce Williams were joined in marriage on July 8, 1972, and remained married for fifteen years. Four children were born to this union. Roosevelt loved his family dearly. His children were blessed to have a supportive father who guided, provided for, and protected them until he departed this life. Roosevelt was able to lead his children, while giving them the freedom to move from home, pursue their dreams, and discover their life’s purpose. Roosevelt shared in all special moments with his children. He was able to walk all three of his daughters down the aisle in holy matrimony and play with all of his grandchildren. As a teenager growing up in his mother’s home, Roosevelt enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews. He often shared fond memories of those years. Roosevelt was genuine; he could always be depended upon to help others. He faithfully served as a caregiver for family members, including his beloved mother.
Roosevelt was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Randall Phillips, Jr., and Richard Phillips, Sr., two sisters Bertha Collins and Mary Phillips; and two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Phillips and Sandra Phillips.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a very devoted ex-wife and lifelong friend, Joyce L. Phillips; four children: Hashim (Ashlee) Tabari, Tahirah (Andre, Sr.) Haynes, Akilah (Leon) Murdock, and Jamila (Christopher, Sr.) Baker; nine grandchildren: Saniyah, Andre, Jr., Elise, Laila, Peter, Aria, Iman, Akesi, and Christopher, Jr. He also anticipated the arrival of a tenth grandchild--baby girl Zuri, due in December; three brothers: Herman (LuVirta) Phillips, William (Louise) Phillips, and Walter Phillips; one sister, Rosetta Hudson; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 11:00am
    Greater Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church
    401 Donald Street
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  • Interment

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 |
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019
    Pine Crest Cemetery
    Dauphin Island Parkway
    MOBILE, AL 36605
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Belinda Christian

Posted at 11:48am
We spent the last Mobile Mardi Gras 2019 with days of fun and food together driving Uncle. He lovingly said, “I used to take you all to Mardi Gras now you are are taking me to Mardi Gras.” This was just one of several occasions that we spent time with Uncle Roosevelt. Melinda and Belinda the Tag Team, where we would exchange keeping in touch and planning fun family times together with Uncle Roosevelt. Until we meet again.....🕊 🕊🕊

Belinda Christian Posted at 11:49am

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Belinda Christian

Posted at 10:45am
I have the memories as a child sitting and talking with Uncle Roosevelt while he polished his saxophone preparing for the Mardi Gras parade marching with Central High School Marching Band. When Uncle Roosevelt heard my son play the piano, He joyfully stated 'he knows that he can play that piano.' . His saxophone playing also encouraged other family members to play the saxophone. Uncle Roosevelt's talks with me during his life also influenced my love of world history and black history. My last gift to him in March 2019, was a black history calendar with what happened in black history each day of the year.

Clatoria Fenderson

Posted at 09:45am
I remember Uncle Roosevelt always being around. He will be missed by so many. My prayers go out to my cousins and Aunt Joyce during this difficult time. Love y'all!

Joe Marshall & Family

Posted at 01:01pm
Sending our love and deepest condolences to the family.
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Earl & Ali Collins

Posted at 07:04pm
Uncle Roosevelt brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget him. All our love.
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