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Joseph James Philyaw

September 28, 1931 ~ November 10, 2021 (age 90)


Joseph James Philyaw’s life began September 28, 1931, in Jay, Florida. He spent his childhood growing up in Alabama. Then as a young man Joe moved to Michigan, he made his home in Watervliet and went to work for Watervliet Papermill until they closed. When Joe was not working you could find him hunting and fishing. In his retirement years Joe repaired small engines at his home. Above everything Joe loved spending time with his wife Phyllis (Harper) Philyaw and their family.


Joe leaves behind a loving family to cherish his memory including: four children Lajuana (Rick) Spaulding, Rhonda Rantz, Regina (Craig) Naumann, and Trent Philyaw; four grandchildren Chris (Casey) Spaulding, Casey (Kari) Spaulding, Michael Rantz, and Matthew Rantz; four great grandchildren; and several brothers, sisters, step-siblings, nieces and nephews.


Joe died Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at home surrounded by family. He is preceded in death by his wife Phyllis and his parents.


Joe’s wife Phyllis died during the restriction period of COVID, so their family will gather with friends for visitation on Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet to honor both of their parents on what would have been their 67th anniversary. They will then be buried at North Shore Memory Gardens in Hagar Shore. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for the Philyaw family at

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November 20, 2021

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Hutchins Funeral Home
209 South Main Street ~ PO Box 103
Watervliet, MI 49098

Graveside Service
November 20, 2021

11:30 AM
North Shore Memory Gardens
Hagar Shores, MI

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