Melvin Virgil Phillips passed away at his home on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of Audrey Guillot Phillips. Loving father of Joe Hickson, Wayne Hickson (Joni) and the late David Hickson. Stepfather of Bridget Petric (Marko), Brenda Brown (the late Edgar), Glenn Nunez Jr. (Gina) and Chet Nunez Sr. (Wendy). Son of the late Virgil Calvin Phillips and Jessie Eavenson Phillips. Brother of Betty Gray (Bob), Wanda O’Neil (Richard), Dot Hall (the late Pat), Evelyn Rodriguez (Henry Jr.), Debbie Walters (Gary) and the late James Phillips. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren and his many nieces and nephews.
Melvin was born on March 15, 1930 in Jones County, MS and was a retired barber. He was a longtime resident of St. Bernard Parish and a former resident of Kenner, LA. Melvin served as usher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Kenner, LA for many years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus of Kenner and a member of AARP – St. Tammany Chapter No. 5408. Melvin enjoyed working in his yard and gardening.
Relatives and friends were invited to attend a visitation held at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. A funeral service began at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest in St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery, St. Bernard, LA. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com.