Dr. Reverend Oscar George Phillips
Of West Medford, in Lexington, Monday, September 5, 2005. Former Pastor Emeritus of Shiloh Baptist Church, West Medford. Survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Miriam Phillips. Father of Peter Phillips and daughter in law of Somerville and daughter Miriam Phillips of Boston. Grandfather of two. Brother of Kent Phillips of Jamaica, W.I., Hazel Obawenyi of Houston, Texas, Cynthia Phillips of Montreal, Canada, and Vivia Phillips of Jamaica, W.I. Loving uncle of David Josh Phillips. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. Viewing at the Shiloh Baptist Church, Holton St., West Medford, Friday 12:00 Noon until 8:00 PM. Masonic Service at 7:00. Viewing Saturday from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM. Funeral Service at Shiloh Baptist Church Saturday at 10 AM. Relatives and friends most kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Andover-Newton Theological Seminary. Interment Oak Grove Cemetery. Late member of Eureka Lodge #8. A.J. Spears Funeral Home Cambridge, MA 617-876-4047
Published by Boston Globe on Sep. 8, 2005.
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To The family of Reverend Phillips
You have my deepest condolences.
Warren Evans Jr
September 16, 2005
To the Family May God continue to Bless you and keep you in this time of sorrow. Rev. Phillips was an outstanding person who was dedicated to our community. He helped many of us realize our potential and aided us along our way. His belief in others will always stay on my mind as he helped me succeed in my lifes'lessons. I have been praying for your family eversince I left for New Mexico some 20 odd years ago and will continue to pray for . May the Peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and mindsThrough Chrst Jesus. Ephsians 4:7God Bless you and Keep you. Bruce Paul Gibson and Family
Bruce Gibson
September 14, 2005
William Phillips, Jr.
September 13, 2005
I wish to be included among those who are expressing deepest sympathy to the family of Rev. Dr. Oscar Phillips. He was truly a man of God and pastored so many of us. I probably would not have continued my education if it had not been for Rev. Phillips. Because of his love for Bishop College, his Alma Mater, he recruited me and other West Medfordites to attend Bishop in Dallas. I found a family of college professors who helped us believe that we could accomplish anything we desired. They loved learning and challenged us to acquire the same love.
It was there that I learned so much about my African American heritage and the leaders who 'made a way out of no way'. After earning a Ph.D. I went on to spend many years,giving back, by teaching in HBCU's. Rev. Phillips loved Bishop so much and he wanted the youth of West Medford to get an education. His legacy must also be one of education. We must encourage our youth that education beyond high school is a must, not a privelege.
That would be a fitting way to respect Rev. Dr. Phillip's memory.
Bobbye Booker Coleman
September 13, 2005
To the family of Reverend Oscar G. Phillips. Please accept our deepest sympathy. We grew up on Monument St and remember Rev. Phillips and his family from attending church with friends. Sharon & Karol Smith
Sharon Smith
September 12, 2005
It is with deepest regret to hear of the homegoing of Rev. Phillps. On behalf of my family we extend our sincerest regrets. I am thankful for the guidance he provided in my life and the lives of all us growing up in West Medford.
Valerie L Hamilton
September 12, 2005
It is with great sadness that I heard of the passing of one of my heroes and role models. Next to my father, Rev Phillips was one of the kindest, caring and most influencial men in my early life. His intelligence, wit and love of life came through both in his sermons and the way he went about his work. Although he will be missed by his family and countless others, his legacy to the community will remain. May God bless his family in their bereavement.
Walter Isaacs
September 12, 2005
I was blessed to be among those who were able to witness at the funeral the marvelous tribute that was paid to Reverend Phillips by his family, the mayor, and his students, mentees and spiritual sons. Their special words brought back delightful memories for me.

As teenagers my brother, sister and I used to come and sing in the choir at Shiloh after attending the Catholic Mass. In those days that was quite a daring gesture.

One of my most cherished memories is that, during our late teenage-young adult years, Reverend and Mrs Phillips opened up their home every Sunday to us with Reverend Brooks ("Brooksie")for "fireside chats." I cannot remember what we discussed, but these were such special times that, even though I lived way up on Canal street (on "the other side of the tracks") I walked, whether someone else was with me or not, all the down to their home (which was at that time on Sharon street.) It was so special of them to give us that listening ear and some very wise counsel.

I will also never forget how, during one of the most traumatic events of my life, victim, protectors and purpetrator all ran swiftly through the open door of their home on Monument street, where all of us found open arms of love and consolation.
Betsy Langford Stewart
September 12, 2005
Please accept condolescences from my entire family. Precious memories of mine are being married by "O.G", and sitting in his parlor with my best friend Charlotte Sayles while watching Miriam and Peter play. He was the pillar of the community.
Christine Caines
September 12, 2005
The Headen Family (Vernita, Beverly, Sylvia, Josef & Carla) offer our deepest condolences to the Phillips Family. Reverend and Mrs. Phillips contributed much to the vitality of West Medford over the years. He made a difference in many lives and will be missed.
Beverly Headen-Moss
September 12, 2005
I remember when Rev. Phillips first came to West Medford and would visit his flock on his bicycle. He baptised me when I was 16, dedicated my children at the "Old" Shiloh. We met so often at his home on Monument St. for Women's meetings. He was a wonderful counselor. The last time I saw him he did not know me but he recognized as "a child of God". He was a very special person and was sorely missed the last few years at
Shiloh. My love and sympathy to Miriam, Peter and family and young Miriam.
Ifetayo (Peggy) Yancey (Wright)
September 12, 2005
Very sad to hear Of Rev. Phillips passing. It is truely showing the end of an era in West Medford. Although I was not an avid church goer, later on in my life I relized Rev. Phillips was the focus of a major live lessen learned. My Prayers to the Phillps family and the entire community of West Medford, including those of us that are now spread around the country.
Howard Stoner
September 12, 2005
Reverend Phillips was exemplary in what I base any pastors who have been in my life. He baptised me as a teenager, performed my marriage ceremony and dedicated my two children. He had been extremely instrumental and uplift in my life. Always encouraging and leading me in a positive direction. Thank you for sharing this great and wonder man with the Dujon family.
Laverne Dujon-Yancey
September 12, 2005
To The Phillips Family and Relatives,
Sorry for your loss. Reverend Phillips was a very kind man. I will always remember him.

Thanks
James Sherwood
September 12, 2005
PLEASE ACCEPT MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF REV. PHILLIPS.. AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS "O.G." WHEN I WAS GROWING UP AND ATTENDED SERVICES AT THE OLD SHILOH. HE JOINS THE ANGELIC HOST OF WEST MEDFORD'S HEROES AND HEROINES.
CHERYL L. EVANS
September 11, 2005
The Alleyne family wish to offer their condolences.
Dolores Alleyne
September 11, 2005
Thank you Rev. Phillips for all that you have done for me. You've done so much for so many people that you have earned a very special place in the pantheon of hero's.
Buddy Langford
September 11, 2005
Yvonne Parris & Family
September 11, 2005
praise God for his life in Christ. my great grandmother(margaret j wright) of 32 jerome st west medford. helped to found Shiloh baptist Church on Lincoln street. our whole family (generations) worshipped there. i remember him from my childhood. my love and prayers to all the family
rev ashanti maude wright
September 10, 2005
To the family of Reverend Oscar G. Phillips. Please accept our deepest sympathy to all of you. It has brought tears to my eyes that we have lost such a dynamic and wonderful leader to the West Medford Community. Speaking for myself Reverend Phillips was an influence in my life and also Mrs. Phillips. May you find Peace and Comfort in knowing that we offer our prayers and love for you and your family in this time of sorrow. May the blessings of God continue to rain down upon you and the family. Harold, Bruce, Kenneth and Denise Gibson
Harold Gibson
September 9, 2005
Our deepest sympathy to the family.
He will be missed
The "Ville" Briefs
September 9, 2005
God Bless you Reverend Phillips, I've know you all my life and I thank you for all your Love and guidance that you have given to me and my family. God Bless your family at this time. Love, Peace and Blessings.
Diana Furey
Diana Furey
September 9, 2005
To the Family Of Dr. Reverend Oscar G. Phillips, Mrs. Philips, Peter and Miriam who I use to babysit for. We are sending our deepest sympathy to all of you. He was an amazing Reverend to the whole Community. God Bless All of you. Marcia, Estella, Jimmy Jackson and the remaining members of the Wright Family.
Marcia Jackson
September 8, 2005
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