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Melvin A Phillips
Melvin A Phillips

July 24, 1940 - March 8, 2019
Born in Sparta, NJ
Resided in Newton, NJ


Melvin A. Phillips, 78, of Newton, died Friday, March 8, 2019, at home surrounded by his family.

Melvin was born in Sparta to the late Frank D. and Mary (nee Blackford) Phillips, and was a lifelong resident of Newton. He worked as a materials manager for Mack-Wayne Plastics of Newton and as a shipping manager for Carson Industries in Andover Twp. prior to his retirement. Melvin was a member of the Pocono-Slate Belt Shooting Association and the Newton Primetime Seniors. He also enjoyed collecting various Avon collectible items.

Melvin is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Janice (nee Jager) Phillips; his daughter, Judy Phillips, of Highland Lakes; his son, Carl Phillips, of Boise, ID; his grandchildren, Marijean Sperry, Kaiden Phillips, and Ashton Phillips; and his great-grandchildren, Nora and Benjamin Sperry. He is also survived by three brothers, James Phillips, of Towanda, PA, Allen Phillips, of Stillwater Twp., and Edward Phillips, of Mt. Morris, NY; and two sisters, Irma Castner, of Stillwater Twp., and Alice Day, of Lititz, PA.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St, Newton. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Branchville Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Melvin’s memory to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave, Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be made at

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Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Thursday, March 14, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday, March 14, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Friday, March 15, 2019
11:00 AM
Branchville Cemetery
Pines Road
Branchville, NJ 07826
Friday, March 15, 2019
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