Deacon Isaac Newton Phillips, Jr.

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September 1, 1947 – January 9, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016
Family Visitation: 10:00 A.M.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M.

Progressive Primitive Baptist Church
6421 Baker Road
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Howse Cemetery
6008 Baker Road
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Deacon Isaac Newton Phillips Jr. was born September 1, 1947 to the late Deacon Newt and Mother Bessie Phillips in Rutherford County. He transitioned from this earthly life to eternal life on January 9th, 2016.

At an early age, he united with the Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN where he served as a Junior Usher. He later moved his membership to the Little Hope Mission Church (now known as Progressive Primitive Baptist Church) under the pastorship of the founder, the late Elder Johnnie E. Taylor, where he served as a deacon, trustee, assistant treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent, adult Sunday School Teacher, and member of the Senior Ministry. He was elected Treasurer in 1987 and became Chairman of the Deacon Board in 1996. Deacon Phillips was a registered member of Cumberland Association of Primitive Baptist and the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA. He served faithfully until his death.

Deacon Phillips was a 1965 graduate of Holloway High School, Murfreesboro, TN and he attended Tennessee State University and Draughons Business College, Nashville, TN. He was drafted in the United States Army in 1966 and received honorable discharge in September 1968.

He was a hardworking man who was formerly employed by Chromolox; Aramark; Gordon’s Jewelers; Kay Jewelers; Golden Flakes; & Alexander Ford. At the time of his death, he was on leave from the City of Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation department.

He was an avid athlete and sports fan. It was part of the norm to see Isaac at any ball park, whether playing 2nd base with an all-men team, pitching for a co-ed team, or even behind the plate as the umpire for both youth and adult teams. Baseball, bowling, golf, pool, darts, corn-hole and horseshoes were all activities he loved. He whole-heartedly supported his children and grandchildren in whatever sport they were participating in, regardless of the season. 

Deacon Phillips is survived by his devoted family, wife, Linda F. Phillips; two sons, Isaac N. (Eboni) Phillips III “Tray” & Isaiah N. Phillips; two daughters, Cynthia Wells & Constance (James) Yeargin; seven grandchildren, De’Kaleigha Wells of London, England, UK, DaKyla Wells enlisted United States Navy in Great Lakes, IL, Braden Yeargin, Xavier Phillips, Gabriella Phillips, Brielle Yeargin, & Kloey Phillips; four sisters,  Margaret Taylor, Sallie Howse, Ethel Phillips, & Ida (Rev. James “Tex”) Thomas; three aunts, Mrs. Annie M. Howse, Mrs. Katherine Ellis & Mrs. Lillian Howse; six brothers-in-law; seven sisters-in-law; a very close cousin, Robert Howse; play brother, Min. James Lane; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, too numerous to mention.

11 thoughts on “Deacon Isaac Newton Phillips, Jr.

  1. Weeping may endure for a night , but joy comes in the morning. Fay may God bless and keep you and your family at this time, let us know if there is anything you need us to do. Johnny and Paulette

  2. Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 1 TIMOTHY 1:2

    Faye, my thoughts and prayers for you and your family God’s Blessings to all.

  3. Thank God he is out of pain and suffering.

    Please let the beautiful memories warm your families’ heart and let God heal your souls.

    Thinking of all of you at this time.

    Marie Whitesell

  4. Dear Cynthia… So sorry for your loss. Sending love and comfort to you and all during this difficult time.

  5. “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want ” To Faye and the Children and the Sisters in this time of sadness may you see God in the faces of friends and loves one may their help caring and sympathy reflect His love and kindness at this time Rosie L Lillard-Perkins

  6. To the entire Family, I am praying that the Holy Spirit will lead, guide and protect you as you travel life’s journey without your love one. Isaac was a very special person. In life, one must find their own calling and then do it so well that we will remember their beautiful foot prints. Thank you God for Issac foot prints!!

  7. We are so sorry to hear of Isaac’s death.We wish to express our heartfelt sympathy and the hope that the kind words of your family and friends will make this difficult time a bit easier to bear.
    May these scriptures give you some comfort.(John 11:11-25)
    Our thoughts are with you.

  8. “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die, “.
    John 11:25-26
    May God bless you! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Lula & Frances King, Sherrie Murray, & Sylvia Jones & family

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