James B. Phillips, born in Americus, Ga., to the late Anthony and Estelle (Monson) Phillips, departed this life, Oct. 4, 2013, at his home in Bridgewater. Since an early age he remained involved in church activities throughout his life. As a long standing member of St. Mark Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Roxbury, he faithfully served as deacon, supporting the church mission even during times of health challenges. James served during the Korean War. After graduation from Staley High School in Americus, Ga., James attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Ga., where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. He later received two master's degrees, one from New York University in English Literature and the other from Boston University in Reading. James primary profession was education. During his career he served as a high school teacher, adjunct professor, editor, co-author and developer of educational curriculum. His passion was teaching high school students, beginning his career at Harmon Hall in York, Maine. He retired in 1990 after teaching English Literature and Reading at Norwood High School for 30 years. In addition to his service in the public school system, he taught for the A Better Chance Program at both Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and Williams College in Williamstown; worked as an adjunct faculty member within the Massachusetts Community College system; co-authored and edited high school English textbooks with Scott Foresman Publishing Company and developed educational curricula to be used with the Black Cowboy Film Series. James was a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and an active member of the Boston Alumni Chapter where he served several years as chairman of the Scholarship Committee. An expert gardener, with a profound appreciation for rhododendrons, he was a member of both the American and Massachusetts Rhododendron Societies and served as editor of the publication, The Rosebay from 1991-1998. One could count on his expertise on wines and opera. He loved reading, music and the arts, but his greatest love was for his family and the Lord. He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife, Sherley A.; and two adult children, son, Crispin (Stella) of Minnesota; daughter, Rheba Lowery (Jermaine); and two grandchildren, Alexis Phillips of Springfield and Austin Phillips of Minnesota. He is also survived by his four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law, loving cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral service in St. Mark Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 200 Townsend St., Roxbury, Saturday 11 a.m. Visiting hour at church prior to the funeral service. Burial in Elmwood Cemetery, East Bridgewater. Donations in James' memory may be made to Greater Boston Kappa Charities Scholarship Fund, 311 Adams St., Quincy, MA 02159-1757. For online condolences, please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com. Prophett-Chapman Cole & Gleason 508-697-4332
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Published in The Enterprise on Oct. 10, 2013