Jason Richard Phillips, 46
January 3, 1974 - September 13, 2020
It is with deep sorrow and great sadness that we mourn the passing of our beloved, Jason Richard Phillips. He passed away peacefully in his cherished home in Oxford, MS, after succumbing to liver failure on September 13 at the age of 46 with his mother and brother at his bedside. He left this world on his terms, much lived as he lived his life. Jason was born January 3, 1974 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, the day of a huge ice storm in Memphis, TN. That was a glimpse of things to come in his too brief life.
Jason is survived by two daughters, Kasie and Kalyn Parks of Paris, MS; his mother Dr. Margaret Robertson of Corinth; his brother Richard Scott Phillips of Corinth; his grandmother, Mrs. Clyda Robertson of Ripley; his uncle Randy Robertson (Charlotte) of Ripley; his aunt Amy Janes (Joel) of Ripley. In addition, he leaves behind a host of cousins, extended family and friends.
He was baptized Southern Baptist. Jason loved dogs, horses, gardening, music and sport fishing, but his greatest love was food. He enjoyed sharing his love of Southern cuisine, and did so with students, athletes, celebrities, musicians and presidents. In addition, he shared his knowledge of life, guns and collectibles freely. At heart, he was a true combination of the Robertson, Drewery, Ervin and Phillip’s clans.
Jason attended White station High School in Memphis, TN and went on to graduate from the Art Institute of Atlanta Georgia.After receiving his culinary education, he traveled the world, working in London and Prague, among other cities before opening his own restaurants in Parson, TN. Sacred hearts Cafe & Bakery was a highly rated fine dining establishment and the other, Grannys, he would smile and call a “meat and 3 veg” place. highlights from his professional career included his role as chef at the 196 Olympics in Atlanta, serving as Director of Operations for Harrahs Entertainment and lastly a 13 year career with Aramark Food Services in higher education, overseeing operations over multiple universities among them, his beloved Ole Miss.
Jason was preceded in death by his father, Charles Richard Phillips’ grandfathers, Randolph “Buke” Robertson and Charles Phillips; grandmother, Mavis Orman Phillips Burke and two uncles, Carl Phillips and Woodrow Koonce.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 16 from 12 Noon to 2 Pm in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be Wednesday, September 16 at 2:30 PM on the Peoples Community Cemetery near Ripley.
Pallbearers will be Landon Janes, Alex Janes, Eli Janes and Charles Terry. ……Jason would be proud.