James "Barney" Phillips


June 27, 1941 ~ November 25, 2023

Born in: West Monroe, Louisiana
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

On Saturday November 25, 2023, James “Barney” Phillips, a beloved husband, passed away. He was 82 years old. Born to Jim Evans Phillips and Mildred Montgomery Phillips in West Monroe, LA. Barney graduated from the University of Texas in 1963 with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering and then earned a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1965 from UT. He went on to become a petroleum engineer, traveling and living all over the world (from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Istanbul, Turkey).

Barney is survived by his first wife, Charlene Meriam, his four grandchildren and his beloved wife, Joanna Phillips. He is preceded in death by daughter, Cynthia Elizabeth, and son, Jame Barney Jr.

Barney was known for his generosity, kindness, and unwavering faith in Jesus. He loved his ranch, his church, his family, and his dogs.

The memorial service will be on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at Living Hope Bryan Church, which meets in the chapel of Grace Midtown, at 10:00 AM. The address is 2500 S. College Ave, Bryan, TX. In lieu of flowers, Barney’s family asks you to make a donation to Living Hope Bryan Church for the purpose of building a new church.


Memorial Service: December 2, 2023 10:00 am

Living Hope Bryan
2500 S. College Ave
Bryan, Texas 77801


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  1. JoDee
    May the Lord give you strength as he takes Barney to be with him. It was a delight to see you two together and the little smiles you shared at our periodic family gatherings. You and Barney made such an effort to comfort Dad at the time of Mom’s death and pray that family and friends will be one of the ways the Lord comforts you. The faith that both of you witnessed at our
    family gatherings was uplifting to us all.
    We value the limited time we had with Barney.
    With love, Catherine and Steve Graef

  2. Barney will always be remembered as a wonderful example of a great Christian-our family thought fondly of both Barney and Joanna. Bob and Melanie English

  3. Barney, I am so sorry that I did not get to see or talk with you in some time, May you rest in peace with your loved ones in Heaven brother, you will be missed so very much!

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