Jim Sampson Phillips Jr.

Born on Jan. 11, 2013

BLANCO - Jim Sampson "Sambo" Phillips, Jr. of Blanco County passed away on January 11, 2013 at the age of 60. Jim was born in McAllen, Texas on May 9th, 1952 to Jim Sampson Phillips and Mary Nell Garrett. He spent his childhood and teen years in Victoria, Texas; graduating from Victoria High School. He was a natural athlete and sportsman, excelling in tennis, track and baseball during his school years. In his twenties he lived and surfed the waves of Hawaii. It was in Hawaii where he met his beautiful wife, Mary. When Jim and Mary moved back Texas he became an avid golfer and qualified to play in the USA Mid Amateur Championship and several pro am championship tournaments.
Jim's proudest accomplishments in life were his children. Jade M. Phillips -Winters and J. S."Sam" Phillips III. Jim taught his children the love of hunting, fishing, shooting and life in the country. Port O'Connor was his home away from home; where he spent many enjoyable days. The place he learned to fish the back bays with his dad and passed this love onto his children and friends.
Throughout his life he held many occupations. Home builder, surfboard craftsman, commercial fisherman, carpenter, golf course contractor, real estate developer, real estate agent, and insurance agency owner/ risk inspector. He excelled at whatever he set his mind to.
He leaves behind great memories and his legacy of living a full and simple life with his wife Mary Leang-Phillips, son Jim (Sam) and daughter Jade ( Rex Winters) , sister Karen Bailey, brother Mike Phillips (Dana) , Aunt Della Wilson (Wiley) many cousins, nieces , nephews, in-laws, out-laws and life- long friends; Tris Folger, P.J. Rojas, Wesley "Bubba" Dale Johnson, Danny Janota , Gene Lands, Doug Smith, Bob Goldman, Dub Paden, Mike Ashley, Rick Frederick and his favorite dog and best friend, Rocky.
A celebration of life was held on Wed., January 16th, 2013 at Chapel Dulcinea. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jim Phillips' Scholarship fund for graduating Johnson City seniors that were pupils of the Headstart program. An account has been set up at Cattleman's National Bank in Johnson City.



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