Haley Phillips


Haley Wilkins Phillips, age 95, of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

She was born January 21, 1918 in Utica, MS, a daughter of the late Wiley “Dinky” Wilkins and Ruby Davis Wilkins. She graduated from Hinds Junior College in 1936 and Mississippi State College for Women in 1938 with a degree in mathematics. In her younger years, she taught and tutored math.

A resident of Pine Bluff since 1963, she was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Sorosis Club. She was a faithful caregiver to her mother, who died in 2005 at the age of 103.

She loved fishing, shopping for and refinishing antiques, and was a very talented and artistic person. For many years she loved to go “antiquing” with her friends at various thrift shops and sales.

She was preceded in death on January 27, 1987 by her husband James Dinton (J. D.) Phillips, a retired executive with Arkansas Power and Light Company; and a sister, Elizabeth Phillips.

Mrs. Phillips’ survivors include three sons, James D. Phillips, Jr. of Hot Springs Village; Earl Phillips and wife Barbara of Houston; and Bill Phillips and wife Kathleen of Indianapolis, Ind., and Little Rock; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Kristi Wenger and husband Tony of Paragould, along with their children Abby, Katie, Molly, and Jason; Lisa Counts and husband Brian of Maumelle and their children, Owen, Avery, and Libby; Kim Person and husband Scotty of Springdale and their children Haley and Claire; Justin Phillips of Fort Worth, TX; and Lara Udouj and husband Alan of Little Rock, along with their children Nathan and Reese, who was born yesterday.

Funeral services will be Friday, 10:00 a.m. at Fuller Hale-South Funeral Chapel, with visitation preceding the service for one hour. Graveside services will be Friday, 4:30 p.m. at Utica City Cemetery in Utica, MS.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff of Arkansas Convalescent Center; the ladies of the First United Methodist Church; and her neighbors of over 50 years, Ed and Connie Fuller.

Online condolences: FullerFunerals.com.