James "Herman" Phillips
Loved His Lord and His Family
Canton – James “Herman” Phillips, age 81, a man greatly loved, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 13, 2021.
A native of Haywood County, Herman was born April 3, 1939 to the late Floyd Phillips and the late Charlotte Messer Phillips. Herman was a man who loved music and he was also a talented songwriter. In 1964 the late Kitty Wells recorded the song, “Password” which Herman had written and this remained on the Billboard Top 10 chart for 13 weeks. He also wrote a gospel song entitled “Let’s Regain the Garden” and once again the famous Kitty Wells chose to record Herman’s beautiful song. Everyone enjoyed listening to Herman play his guitar and sing all types of music. He was blessed with a kind and giving spirit and his great love for his Lord and Saviour was evident all throughout Herman’s life. He touched many lives with his music and he shall never be forgotten.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Hillard Phillips, Boyd Phillips, Bill “Tater” Phillips, and infant brother, Willard Stanley Phillips; a sister, Marie Phillips; and a son, James Carroll “Skip” Phillips in 2006.
Surviving are his loving wife of 60 years, Carolyn Trantham Phillips; son, Larry Phillips (Rita) of Canton, daughter, Rachelle Phillips of Canton; seven grandchildren, Charlie Messer of Candler; Niki Nunnally (Matt) of Marion, Cody Phillips of Sylva, Brittany Rogers (Jake) of Canton, Beth Monroe (Justin) of Fredericksburg, VA, Ethan Phillips of Fletcher, and Madison Phillips of Fletcher; and 16 great-grandchildren.
A private family funeral service will be held to honor and celebrate the life of Mr. Phillips.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care at 43 Bowman Drive, Waynesville, NC 28785.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Phillips family.