In Loving Memory…

Jackie L. Phillips

Jackie Leon Phillips, 89, of Florence, MO, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center in Sedalia.

He was born October 15, 1929, in Sedalia, MO, a son of Elbert Harrison “EH” and Jannie (Jones) Phillips.  On May 20, 1950 he married Viola D. Brodersen who preceded him in death on June 2, 2013.

Jackie graduated from Syracuse High School.  He worked as a machinist for Missouri Pacific Railroad in Kansas City for 15 years.  He purchased the family farm in 1963 and raised livestock, mostly cattle and turkeys, semi-retiring in 1991.  Jackie enjoyed farm life and especially hosting family and church gatherings, making homemade ice cream and playing sports; volleyball, softball and horseshoes.  He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and in later years, he enjoyed fishing.  Jackie enjoyed playing cards and often played till the wee hours of the morning.  He was also a charter member of the Bo-Ski-Fun Bunch from Kansas City, MO.  Jackie was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church where he was an active deacon for over 30 years.

Survivors include one son, Robert W. (Vida) Phillips of Florence, two daughters, Cathy L. (Jackson) MacFedries of Smithton, Donna J. (John) Reynolds of Florence; a daughter-in-law, Rose Phillips of Florence; 16 grandchildren, Celeste Sunshine Crews (Jon) of Memphis, TN, Walker C. Phillips, of Florence, Preston R. Phillips (Michelle) of Florence, Bobbi Jo Hagerman (Cory) of Tipton, Quenton W. Phillips (Krista) of Otterville, Trenton G. Phillips of Florence, Jeremy Ellison (Cheryl) of Sedalia, Jason Ellison (Velda) of Sedalia, Adam Nevels (Brenda) of Sedalia, Christopher Nevels of Sedalia, Tasha Dove (Marvin) of Green Ridge, Seth Nevels (Mary) of Sedalia, Christopher Harvey (Jennifer) of Marshall, Chadley Harvey (Kim) Lenexa, KS, Chaundra Brodersen (Donald) of Otterville, Caryn Thomas (Will) of Bunceton; 41 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Joan Egner of Sedalia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to both of his parents and his wife Viola of 63 years he was preceded in death by a son Ron Phillips on May 5, 2019; one grandson, Clint Harvey in January of 2003; three brothers, Bud, Darrel and Paul Phillips; three sisters, Neoma Twyman, Helen Lewis and Alice Kuhlman.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church near Florence.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia.

Casket bearers will be grandsons, Walker Phillips, Preston Phillips, Quenton Phillips, Trenton Phillips, Jeremy Ellison, Jason Ellison, Adam Nevels, Christopher Nevels and Seth Nevels.  Honorary bearers will be Chris Harvey, Chad Harvey, Sunshine Crews, Bobbi Jo Hagerman, Tasha Dove, Chaundra Brodersen and Caryn Thomas.

Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery near Florence.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Mt. Olive Cemetery.


  1. Pam and John Choate (McIntyre)

    Cathy, so very sorry for the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. My sympathy to the family. Jackie was a sweet man.

  3. Judy and Mark Simmons

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire Phillips family. Jackie will be deeply missed. Remember the good times and all the good memories that you made with him. He is reunited with family in Heaven. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you.

  4. Danny & Brenda Dunn

    So sorry for you family’s loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Barbara Payne and Family

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for all the family.

  6. L.R. and Brennie Oehrke

    Our sympathy to the Phillips family. Jackie was a very well liked neighbor in the area. I pray for all the family. Jackie will be missed.

  7. Eva Finley Miller

    Lots of good memories of Jackie and Viola and realized how special they were to mom and dad. I truly wanted to visit with Jackie again. My heart goes out to all the family during this time, especially after Ron passing just before.

  8. Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Phillips family. Jackie was a big part of my early years when I came and lived with Uncle Buck and Aunt Mae. I met him first at Olive Branch and then during softball season. Jackie had such a sense of humor. I never saw him without a smile and a good word……he would say that life was not always easy, but you were never alone in your walk…..I believe that Jackie would tell you that this isn’t the end but just a start of the rest of the story…..May the Lord Bless his Family at this time………..

  9. I’m very sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed taking care of him at Katy Manor both times.

  10. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. So very sorry that death has touched you twice in such a short time. Jackie left quite a legacy of love and kindness behind. He was such a great example of what mankind should be.

  11. Ron and Sandy Otten

    Deepest sympathy to the entire Phillips family. Jackie and Viola are together again. Jackie will be greatly missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers

  12. David Griffith

    Sorry to hear about Jackie. He was such a wonderful Christian man and I enjoyed visiting with him and he had a great since of humor. He will be dearly missed but he is rejoicing today with Viola and Ron. Praying for you all.

  13. Helen Seifert

    To the Phillips family, prayers to all of you. I never knew Jackie till my husband was in Katy Manor, and he knew him. I knew most of his family. I still volunteer at Katy Manor on Bingo and helped him some times with the Bingo. He always had a smile and a grin on his face. We miss him at Bingo. He is with family in heaven now and is at Peace.

    y my husband was in Katy Manor

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