Remembering Your Journey Before Joining the Ancestors
Phillip Dwight Person was born on August 26, 1969 in St. Louis, Missouri to Johnnie
Brown and Minnie Person. He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized and
attended Antioch Baptist Church. He graduated from Sumner High School. He was a
multiple sports athlete which included football, boxing and baseball.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1988 and served honorably as a personnelman. While
stationed in San Diego, California he met his loving wife La Shawn. They raised two
children Jivanti and Azanaeh. He retired as a Petty Officer 1 st Class. He also retired
from civil service at PSD Afloat West. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the University of Phoenix.
Coach Phil was an avid sports fanatic. He loved and was knowledgeable about all
types of sports including football, baseball, basketball and boxing. He played football
and baseball for different navy leagues. He coached little league baseball, youth
football and high school football. Coach Phil would smile proudly when someone would
mention the multiple youth Q-Bowl Championships and Madison High School State
Championships he was a part of coaching.
Phil was a loving husband, father, brother and uncle. He had a great impact on
coaches and student athletes. He was a caring role model and friend. Phil was very
approachable and personable. He would engage in long conversations with anyone he
met in the sports world or even the grocery store. He loved to entertain to bring family
and friends together. He was known for paying the football registrations for players who
could not afford the fees, sports equipment and food if he saw any child hungry. He had
a very generous heart. Phil also loved to cook and was known for his St. Louis style
On May 10, 2021 he went to his eternal home and is now an ancestor. He is preceded
in death by his mom, Minnie; brothers, Michael and Sherman; and sister Marilyn.
He leaves behind to cherish his memories - wife La Shawn, children Jivanti and
Azanaeh, granddaughter Samora; father Johnnie of St. Louis, MO; brothers Johnny
Vincent (Annette) of St. Louis, MO, Talso of Akron, OH; sisters Gwendolyn of Houston,
TX, Sandra of Palm Springs, CA, Angela of Houston, TX, Ruth “Niecey” of St. Louis,
MO and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and friends.
We will treasure all the memories we have of Phillip, although we will truly miss him.
A "walk-through" viewing will be Friday, May 28th from 5pm-7pm at Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
A service 11:00 AM on Saturday May 29th at New Paradise Baptist church
Repast immediately following the service at Rohr Park
4548 Sweetwater Road, Bonita, CA 91902
Final Resting Place
Miramar National Cemetery
San Diego, California
On June 9, 2021 at 1:30 pm
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