- [S23] Atchley Funeral Home, (http://www.atchleyfuneralhome.com/), 28 Sep 2015.
Myrtle Cleo Phillips obituary
- [S23] Atchley Funeral Home, (http://www.atchleyfuneralhome.com/), 6 May 2016.
October 27, 1918 - May 6, 2016
Resided in Sevierville, TN
James Glenn Phillips - October 27, 1918 – May 6, 2016. Jim Phillips passed away May 6, 2016 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Jim was a member of the "Greatest Generation." He was born in West Branch, Michigan and grew up in Northern Michigan where he loved to explore, hunt and fish. During WWII he served in the Army Corps of Engineers 340th Regiment, photographing construction of the Alaska Highway. He completed his wartime service in the South Pacific Theater. After the war ended, he returned to Roscommon and married the love of his life, Myrtle Curtis.
Jim 'n Myrt moved to Florida where they raised 4 children and lived an historic adventure in the Space Race at Cape Canaveral, Florida. From 1956 until 1982 Jim was involved in exploration spaceflights to the Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn; then moved on to Apollo moon landings, Skylab, and Space Shuttle. He also loved all things automotive and refurbished countless cars and trucks during his lifetime.
Jim retired to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where he spent 30 years exploring the Smoky Mountains with family and friends. Jim 'n Myrt enjoyed camping and his truck was always ready to roll. They visited Upper Penninsula Michigan often and traveled to Alaska on two occasions, returning to the places Jim loved most.
He was a kind man, of sharp mind and wit, with a quiet sense of "The Right Stuff." Jim loved children and music, he was a great Dad. Myrt, his wife of 69 years, passed away in September 2015. "Together, Jim and Myrt Phillips were remarkable."
Jim will be forever missed by his children Mary Phillips, Jill and Ken Greene, Bruce and Donna Phillips, Mickie and Steve Goldsmith; and grandchildren Stacie and James Register, Cara Phillips and Adam Greene. He is survived by his brother Bruce Phillips, Roscommon, MI, sisters June Rogers, Gaylord, MI and Margret Andrews, Franklin, NC.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Online condolences can be made at www.atchleyfuneralhome.com