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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