Romanus Hunter Phillips, Jr.

Published in The Washington Post on June 1, 2016


Born on 05/03/1947  Departed on 05/29/2016
Resided in Stafford, Virginia

Of Stafford passed to the heavens Sunday, May 29, 2016.

Born May 3, 1947, to the late Virginia Yates and Romanus
Hunter Phillips, Sr, he grew up in Anacostia, Washington,
DC. and graduated from
Anacostia High School in 1965.

He was an original member of the DC Magnatones, a local
R&B group. After high school, Hunter served proudly in the
United States Air Force, spending most of his tour fighting
in Viet Nam. He also represented the Air Force as a
light-heavy weight boxer, fighting in the 1966 Golden
Gloves. After proudly serving our country in Viet Nam,
Hunter went on to spend a lifetime as a Union Rep fighting
for workers rights and those of their families. While working
as a Mailer at the Washington Post, he served first as shop
steward, then as Local Union President for M29. He then went on to become a National Rep
for the Communication Workers of America fighting for workers all across the country.
Hunter was a man of ideals who never wavered.

He was a great friend, son, husband, father and grandfather. He will forever be remembered
for helping so many. Hunter may have lost his personal battle but he won the war of life for he
never wavered from his principles. Hunter will be greatly missed and forever in the hearts of
many, especially his wife of 26 years, Patsy Lois Phillips; and his children, Gina Phillips and
husband Nick Pilatsky of Frederick, MD, Donna Rogers and husband David of Jackson, NJ,
Anthony Phillips of Germantown, MD, and Amberly Slack and husband Gerry of Stafford.

Hunter, or "Pop," was loved dearly by his eight grandchildren, Amanda Hallman, Melanie
and Ian Hafner, Nicholas Pilatsky, Halie and Johnny Rogers, Madison Phillips and Peyton

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 3, at Covenant Funeral Service,
Stafford Chapel.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Fredericksburg Regional SPCA,
10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.

Online guest book is at  

Funeral Home

Covenant Funeral Service - Stafford
1310 Courthouse Rd.
Stafford, VA 22554
(540) 658-9221