Ralph Phillips

Ralph C Phillips

Sunday, October 2nd, 1932 - Friday, May 29th, 2020
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Ralph C. Philips passed away peacefully on Friday, May 29, 2020 after persevering through lung cancer at the wise age of 87.

Ralph was truly a renaissance man who loved life and his family. His early education began in Edgard, Louisiana where he attended Second Ward High School. He traveled the world, learning various crafts as a young man. He was a jack of all trades, but retired from the Local Construction Union as a pipefitter.

He was a gifted visual artist. He was a talented photographer, painter, and later in life explored mixed media with the incorporation of Mardi Gras beads into his work. He enjoyed sharing his talents with people he loved, often gifting a painting or snapping a photo. Ralph loved music. He was never shy to blast his favorite soul, jazz, or gospel artist anywhere he settled in. He loved his family. While many people may know him by various names, Ralph, Chicago Dog, Cuz, King and Unc, he was proud to be called Dad and Daddy.

He leaves behind his children, Cherylynn Cumminings, Wanda Griffin (Percy), Kaseem Phillips (Angela), Kendall Phillips (Gwendolyn), and Juanesta Phillips as well as his former wife Juanesta Irvine.His legacy continues with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a host of loving cousins, nieces, nephews, Godchildren and dear friends.

Ralph Phillips will be sincerely missed and remembered fondly. He is preceded in death by his parents Corbert Phillips and Maude Brown Phillips, his only brother Alvin Phillips, and his daughters, Debra Phillips Duke, Paulette Phillips and Nada Phillips Frank.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff and participants of the West Saint John Senior Center who made a safe and enjoyable space for Ralph to fellowship, have fun, and share his talents. The family would also like to express heartfelt thanks to the hospice staff at Twin Oaks Facility Nursing Home for caring for him during his last days, especially during these trying times.

A public viewing will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020 from 2pm-4pm at Treasures of Life Funeral Services, 315 E. Airline Highway, Gramercy, LA 70052. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Philip Catholic Church 1175 LA-18, Vacherie, LA 70090 on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at St. Philip Catholic Church Cemetery. Final care entrusted to Treasures of Life Funeral Services, 315 E. Airline Highway, Gramercy, LA 70052.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 5th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, June 5th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    315 E Airline Highway/ 315 US-61 N
    Gramercy, LA 70052
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 11:00am
    St Philip Cathoic Church
    1175 LA-18
    VACHERIE, La 70090
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  • Interment

    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 |
    Saturday, June 6th, 2020
    1175 LA-18
    VACHERIE, LA 70090
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Martin Escobedo

Posted at 09:07am
Fresh dressed always.

Martin Escobedo

Posted at 08:30am
Michigan family that is not present at the home-going service today wants the family to know that our hearts are with you as we gather to bid a Christian good-bye to Brother Ralph “king” Phillips a father, uncle, and friend of many.

Whereas, the passing of our beloved brother has left us with a broken heart, we acknowledge and accept the will of God. We know our hearts bleed with sorrow, but are comforted by knowing God will not put more on us than we can bear.

Whereas, we believe the words of Jesus in John: 14 that encourages us to "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would not have told you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

Therefore be it resolved, That we embrace the family because all of us have a common bond that will connect us for the rest of our lives. We cannot replace brother Ralph Phillips, but will attempt to demonstrate his love for you.

Humbly submitted on the 5th day of May 2020
Your Brother: Martin Escobedo

Your Brother Martin Escobedo

Posted at 07:09am
I love you family. There is no place we can go where God is not, so may God be in your heart, mind, and spirit. We gained another angel. Amen
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Kathrine and Lester Bickham and family

Posted at 07:47pm
As you grieve , know that we are remembering and grieving with you and your family. With deepest sympathy
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