James Jackson "Jack" Phillips, 71, of Old Hushpuppy Avenue, Morganton, NC, died Monday, September 15, 2008 at Valdese General Hospital. Born on May 21, 1937 in Burke County, NC, he was the son of the late William Phifer Phillips, Sr. and Mamie Rosalie Orders Phillips. Jack was a member of Southside Baptist Church.Jack is survived by his son, Michael Phillips and wife, Cathie, of Alpharetta, GA; daughters, Linda Sirgo and husband, Mark, of Raleigh, NC and Tracey Mason and husband, Robert, of Lynchburg, VA; grandchildren, Megan Turner of Raleigh, Mitchell Phillips and Kara Phillips, both of Alpharetta; and Nicole Mason, Rachel Mason, and Hannah Mason, all of Lynchburg; a brother, Bill Phillips and wife, Irene, of Morganton; and a sister, Marie Crites of Morganton.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Sue Courtney.The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 18, 2008 at Southside Baptist Church with Reverends Randy Clark and Jerry Gamble officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or the American Cancer Society, Attn: Office Manager, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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