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04/17/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Monty Phillips

Wallace Monselle Phillips, Jr.
(18 Apr 1943 - 15 Apr 2011)

Newport News High School Class of 1962

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.
       Monty Phillips, Class of 1962, passed away of pancreatic cancer on Friday, April 15, 2011, three days before his 68th birthday. He was the older brother of    Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA and of the late Brenda Phillips Schweida Bloxom ('67) (02 Sept 1949 - 25 July 1995), the cousin of    Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA and of  Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN, and the brother-in-law of     Jerry Allen ('65) of VA.

  From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 04/15/11, 8:26 PM - "     Monty":

Unfortunately, Carol, my precious cousin Monty will not be with us (in body) to celebrate his 68th birthday on April 18th.  He left us this morning around 8:30AM.  He fought a hard battle against that dreadful pancreatic cancer.  He remained stoic and kept his sense of humor while enduring great discomfort.  He did us all proud, his family, his friends, his NNHS classmates and the Marines.  We will miss him beyond words.

   Cookie, I am so very sorry to learn this; thank you for letting me know.  We will indeed miss him. Semper Fi, Monty!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 04/15/11, 10:00 PM - "     Monty Phillips":

I am so sad to report that my wonderful brother, Monty, left this life around 8:30 this morning.  We knew it was coming. Last night, we built a fire, put on soft music and sounds of nature. Kelly and his dog, Cash, were on his left, Jerry at the foot of his bed, and I was on his right.  In the past two months, he was never without someone who loved him.   He left us with many wonderful memories to cherish.
He will be laid to rest on his birthday, April 18th at 3 PM at Peninsula Memorial Park.  A celebration of his life will be on Saturday, April 23rd....the time to be determined this weekend.  It should run in Sunday's paper and I hope to send an email update as well.
Thank you all for your prayers and support.
Judy, Jerry  and family

   Oh, Sweetie-Pies, you have our sincerest condolences.  You and your entire family will be in our prayers during this difficult time.

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 04/16/11, 9:50 AM - "     Monty":


I know how hard it is to keep us informed about ourselves. I know how sad you must be about Monty. You would think that after all the sorrow we have known with so many losses we would become complacent, form a harder shell or "take it with a grain of salt," but each one is its own sorrow not to be compared with anyone else's. Each has its tears that somehow escape our eyes to fall unheeded on our hearts. Each has its prayer to God for their soul. Each is new.

My thoughts will be of 
  Judy (Phillips Allen - '66 - of VA) today. She has been a tireless trooper.

Thank you for your efforts and wear on your heart, it is appreciated.

Your friend,
Linda May '66

   Thank you so very much, Linda May.  It does seem to get more difficult, doesn't it?

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 04/16/11, 9:36 PM:

Thank you, Carol!

   Certainly, Sweetie-Pies!  

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 04/17/11, 9:50 PM to     Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - "Thank you":

Thank you, Linda May, for the sweet message.  It warmed my heart.  God has blessed me in so many ways that I can be more thankful than sad.  Thank you for being a blessing.
God bless you.
   AMEN! Thank you, Dearest Judy!

From the Daily Press - 04/17/11:

              Monty Phillips



YORKTOWN - Wallace Monselle "MONTY" Phillips Jr. passed from this life on Friday, April 15, 2011. He was born in Bethune, S.C., on April 18, 1943, and has been a Peninsula resident for 65 years with more than 40 years in York County.


Monty Phillips



Monty was in the Class of '62 at Newport News High School and joined the Marine Reserves that same year. He had a great love of the outdoors, horses, collecting guns, knives, and many other relics. In the '70's he owned and operated Monty's Gun and Trade Shoppe in Dare. He also loved Bluegrass music and performed on the Monty and Clyde Show on a local country station. Monty was a member of the NRA and was a range officer at the Lafayette Gun Club in Dare.

Monty, a Conservator of the Peace in the Commonwealth of Virginia, loved his work in security at Craft Machine and local special events for most of his life. He always held to his goal of returning to work. It kept him going.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Wallace M. Phillips Sr. and Margaret McLaurin Phillips; and a sister, Brenda Phillips Schweida.

He is survived by a sister, Judith (Judy) Allen and her husband, Jerry W. Allen; a niece, Kelly M. Brown and grandnephew, Josh Brown. He also leaves behind his faithful companion, Cash, also known as "Deputy Dog". He has several surviving cousins in the area.

Monty has been surrounded with loving care by his family and friends during his illness. Special thanks to Lanny Phillips, Annette and Jonathan Edge, Margaret "Cookie" Tyndall, April Cornick, and Carl Colonna who have been with him to the end.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 18, 2011, at 3 p.m. in Peninsula Memorial Park and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at 1 p.m. in the World Outreach Worship Center, 1233 Shields Road, Newport News, VA 23608.

Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, is in charge of the arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from April 17 to April 18, 2011.
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April 17, 2011

Monty, I will miss the uniqueness that was you. You always danced to your own tune. You were a person who was true to yourself. Without equivocating, you expressed what you believed and stuck to it. There was no second guessing who you were. I treasure all your stories of the county. Your knowledge of Yorktown was unsurpassed. In the future, when I shoot at Lafayette, you will be by my side. Your training in safe gun handling will stay with me and I promise to abide by the rules you taught me.
I love you with all my heart and was so blessed to have you as my family.

~ Cookie Tyndall, Seaford, Virginia

April 17, 2011
Judy and family, I was good friends with your brother, Monty, while growing up in Seven Oaks.

I last saw Monty in 1968 when Eugene Turner and I stopped by to visit him in his apartment off Mercury Blvd.

Although I lost touch with Monty over the years, I remember him fondly, as well as your sister, Brenda, your parents, and you.

Monty was a good man. Please accept my condolence.

~ Jim Elliott, Anchorage, Alaska

April 17, 2011
Monty, you are one of a kind and the greatest story teller I ever knew. Growing up together we rode, hunted, fished, and laughed endlessly. You taught me many things, the most important of which was friendship. I love you, my friend.

~ Gene Freeze, Woodbine, Maryland
April 17, 2011
Monselle, my namesake. One of the most unique people I have ever met. I will miss the way he always greeted me. "Hello Governor" with a smile!

April 1
7, 2011
Dear Judy and family,
Bill and I are deeply saddened at the passing of your dear brother and my dear cousin, Monty. He is at peace and in the presence of the Lord now. May the Lord comfort you and all of us cousins and loved ones left here to mourn his loss. We cherish our memories of him. Love, Myra

April 17, 2011


Larry and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in our prayers.

Dee Hodges Bartram

~ Dee Bartram, Poquoson, Virginia

April 1
7, 2011
I am so sorry you lost your brother. Stay well. Chuck

April 1
7, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Judy and all family. Monty was upbeat and a joy and I know you will miss him. I wish I could have been with him more but I remember the earlier days and how much I loved him.
He was very special!
We love you,
Aunt Geraldine and Uncle Iverson

April 17, 2011

Dear Judy,
How sorry I am to hear of Monty's passing. He was such a dear person & his spirits were so uplifting. You & Jerry were so good to him. I know that you will miss him. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I know how hard it is to lose a sibling so young, but he is no longer suffering.
God Bless You,

~ Brenda Insley, Henrico, Virginia

April 17, 2011

Sorry to hear the news I know what you are going thru. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Joe Dickson
Joe Dickson, Newport News, Virginia


April 17, 2011


You were such a wonderful sister to Monty. He was blessed to have you, Jerry, and other family and friends to take care of him. I want to let you and your family know that I am praying that God will be near you now and comfort you.

~ Anita Becker, Poquoson, Virginia


April 17, 2011

Dear Monty and family, I am sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family from your NNHS Class of 1962. Myself I remember the last reunion and the bet you won. You were quite the character. May you rest in peace, we will miss you at the next reunion, but will see you in heaven at the reunion of friends from the NNHS Class of 1962.

April 17, 2011

Judy, So sorry for your loss. Although I cannot be there, I will pray for Monty over this holy week. Harry Pasquier '66

April 17, 2011
  Dear Judy, Jerry, Kelly and family,

Our hearts and love goes out to you all during this time of passing of Monty. He was so special and a wonderful brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone.
Monty is whole again and is with his Heavenly Father.
May God hold each one of you in His arms of comfort and love.
We love you all.
God Bless you.
Love, Edward and Ellen

~ Elllen Phillips, Blue Grass, Virginia

April 18, 2011

Monty was blessed to have his family with him.
He will be missed by many people.

~ Lowell Phillips, Lavonia, Georgia

April 18, 2011
  May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

~ Mark Hutcherson, Roanoke, Virginia
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April 18, 2011

I am not able to be there with the family today Gov but I am there with prayers and memories of so many good times we spent together over many many many years. Today is your birthday and what a way to celebrate being with your MAKER. "Hold um in the road" until we meet again. Much love and many prayers for your family

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire Phillips family and their friends at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

    From Ray Barnes ('65) of VA - 04/18/11, 8:41 AM:


My condolences to
    Jerry ('65) and    Judy (Phillips - '66) Allen (of VA) and to the Phillips family. I did not know Monty personally, but you and so many others from NNHS are, and shall remain, part of my extended family. As you say in the newsletter: weep with them who weep.

"weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5)
Thinking of my friends right now, especially,

   Thanks so much, Ray.

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/18/11, 11:18 AM - "      Monty Phillips":

Hi, Carol:

Monty Phillips enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and was serving in the 97th Rifle Company in Newport News when my tour of Active Duty in the USMC came to a close and it was my joy to return to the 97th Rifle Company as a Platoon Sergeant. One of the finest Marines in that Platoon was Monty Phillips. He was always cheerful, despite any assignment or difficult task in our training. Because he was smaller in statue he made a smaller target, therefore he was assigned as a Machine Gunner. That meant lugging a very heavy weapon in our field training, but he never complained or grumbled and performed his duties with utmost fidelity.
Rest In Peace, Marine.

Semper Fidelis,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you so much, Joe.

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 04/23/11 - "YouTube -      Monty (Phillips - '62) Movie":

Here is a special email with a big Thank You for all the prayers and support.
Jerry and Judy

   Thank you so much, Sweetie-Pies - it's a very moving video!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 04/28/11:

I am all aquiver that you would publish each of my dispatches from Jerusalem during Holy Week. It was one of those efforts where I decided to do one, and if one, with brother       Harry's (Covert- '57 - of MD) encouragement,  I had to do the whole week. It was a blessing to me to be able to research and write them. The response has been overwhelming.
My work came with the loss of school mate and Typhoon band comrade/percussionist      Monty Phillips. We know Jesus conquered death with His sacrifice and resurrection and that means Monty is now in the hands of Our Lord, his pain gone and the promise now his.
I pray God's blessings on you and the Typhoon family this holy season.
Norm Covert ('61) MD

    Ah, Normie, the blessings were all ours; thank you so much for sharing your dispatches with us.  Your comments about Monty brought me to tears.  Thank you again.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

National Rifle Association logo courtesy of - 11/11/08

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