James Edward Phillips
James Edward Phillips, 85, of Grayson passed away Monday, December 30th, at his home following a long illness.
Jim was born on February 19th, 1934 in Grayson, KY, the son of the late William Stephen and Edna Jacobs Phillips.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Deanna Smith Phillips; one son, Michael and his wife Cindy, and one grandson, Ryan, all of Grayson; one brother, Bill (Frieda) of Venice Florida, and one sister, Dr. Edna Fuson, of Delta Alabama, and many other family and friends. Jim was a poet, piano player, United States Army veteran, storyteller, photographer, writer, husband, father, grandfather, and friend to anyone he met.
Jim was a longtime journalist, beginning his more than seven-decade career in 1947 at the age of thirteen when he began work sweeping floors and learning the newspaper trade at the Grayson Journal-Enquirer. As a teenager writing for The Journal, Jim covered a local story that would also appear on the front page of the Ashland Daily Independent "above the fold", which, as he always told folks was "a very big deal"! Jim would later become the editor of the paper, covering all of the stories that happened in Grayson and Carter County. Jim was a fixture at area meetings, events, elections and much more. In 1969, he moved to broadcast journalism when he became the news director at WGOH Radio in Grayson. In addition to the news, Jim was also the morning DJ for many years. Among the stories he covered in his fifty years at Go Radio were the 1977 train derailment at Leon that denied water use to the city for several weeks, the 1988 burning of Prichard Elementary School, and the 1993 school shootings at East Carter High School. The number of stories Jim, or "Scoop" as so many called him, shared is countless across his fifty-year career at the station, a job he performed until his passing.
Jim won numerous awards and recognition at Go Radio. But the most important thing to him was making sure everything he reported was accurate and fair. His dedication to his craft was recognized when he was inducted into the 2010 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky. Jim was a lifetime member and a long time elder at the First Church of Christ in Grayson, where he also served as the Sunday School Superintendent for nearly sixty years. He was dedicated to serving God in all he did.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11am at the First Church of Christ in Grayson. Burial will follow in the Grayson Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5pm is until 8pm at the Church and Friday from 9:00 a.m. till service. Malone Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
Memorial contributions are suggested to: Community Food Pantry, C/O First Church of Christ, 281 Pomroy Street, Grayson KY 41143. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family www.malonefuneralhome.com.
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Fred Applegate
Jan 02, 2020
Jim took this photo of me in Journal Enquirer office in February 1961
Myron Williams
Jan 02, 2020
Jim was a faithful man in everything he did; for the church, the radio station, newspapers, and life. He was always a friend who had time to talk and was one who always encouraged others. His legacy will live on because of who he was! May God's Spirit bring comfort, but also reminders of his well-lived life.