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Jimmy ``Sonny'' Douglas Phillips

June 30, 1947 – April 3, 2020


April 23, 2020 | View PDF

Jimmy ``Sonny'' Douglas Phillips

Jimmy ``Sonny'' Douglas Phillips was born to Jimmy and Eva Grace Phillips and was raised in Shafter.

After graduating from Shafter High School, Sonny was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He earned the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Gunner and Purple Hearts. He was a sergeant when he was honorably discharged in 1968.

Sonny is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 46 years, Cindy, and his pride and joy, daughter Kimi Hensley, son in-law Adam Hensley, twin grandchildren Callie and Collin Hensley, sister Loretta Searcy, brother-in-law Randy, nephew Vince Searcy, niece Candy Molina and brother-in law Dale Riley.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy and Eva Phillips, and sister Patty Mears.


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