Alvin Jeffery “Jeff” Phillips, age 77, of Batesville, formerly of Russellville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at his home. The son of Clyde and Alma Dowell Phillips, he was born Jan. 23, 1944, in Batesville. He joined the United States Navy at the age of 16, became a Navy Seal, and served two tours of duty in Vietnam.
Following his military service, Jeff met Linda Stout on a blind double date, and they were married on Jan. 30, 1965, in Batesville. He served as Assistant Chief of Police in Batesville until 1975. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Arkansas Tech University, graduating with honors in 1978. He then earned his Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of Central Arkansas in 1981.
Jeff served as Associate Dean of Men and Director of Housing at Arkansas Tech University for 10 years. He then began his career as a Licensed Professional Counselor, working with Counseling Associates and Horizon Mental Health in Morrilton. Specializing in children’s mental health, he also served with the Multi-Disciplinary Team, a division of Arkansas Children’s Services. Jeff’s career also led to his working with Court Appointed Special Advocate serving as President, he was a Chairman of the Juvenile Methamphetamine Task Force Subcommittee, a member of the board of Safe Schools Health Students Board and was Vice-Chairman of the Child Development Advisory Council. Jeff retired from private practice in 2019.
He received training through Academy Group, Inc. by retired FBI investigators in criminal behavior, with specializing training in profiling of the criminal. He also enjoyed reading, especially true crime novels. Jeff and Linda enjoyed going on cruises and attending their grandchildren’s many activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Sammy Phillips.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda Phillips, of Batesville; son, Jeff (Page) Phillips of Russellville; a daughter, Kelly (Brent) Phillips Wallace, Little Rock; six grandchildren, Jacob (Avi) Phillips, Molly and Harper Phillips, Madalyn (Will) Wallace Duncan, AnaLaura (Blake) Wallace Perry, and Jonathan (Jordie) Wallace.
The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. on Friday at Humphrey Funeral Home Chapel in Russellville and the memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. with Ed Smith officiating. Private burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Russellville. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the J. Herman Humphrey Dignity Cremation Center.
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Memorials can be made to Hospice Home Care, 2200 South Bowman Road Suite A, Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 or St. Jude's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105. The online obituary and guestbook may be viewed at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
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