James and Andrea Phillips Class of 96
James and Andrea Phillips, Class of 1996.
We have been married now for five years and have one child, Stone Xander
Phillips, who will be two years old this Halloween. We bought a house
in Adamsville three years ago and love the quiet little street where we
What was your
favorite high school memory?
It is corny, but our favorite memory during high school was the friendship
we built, which has been a strong foundation for our marriage. We were
best friends in high school and we are best friends today.
your favorite teacher and why?
James: I had so many great teachers at Dora, but I would choose Mrs. Judy
Sides, because she treated me like a second son.
Andrea: Coach Donnie Morgan because his class was so fun
James and Andrea(center) withRick and Bubba
Stone Phillips, son of James and Andrea and the
grandson of Ricky and Debbie Phillips and Teressa and Billy Morrow |
What was the most
important thing you learned in school?
James: Communication skills.
Andrea: Anatomy. I’ve had to use a lot of what I learned in Anatomy
class with work. What are you currently doing and how did you arrive
at this point in
James: I’m a systems analyst for EDS and work at the Bellsouth
Data Center in Hoover, Alabama. That’s my “day job”.
also an award-winning freelance writer. I’m a member of the Alabama
Sports Writers Association and my sports work is routinely seen in most
newspapers around the state. I’ve also recently started writing
a monthly humor column for Birmingham-Parent magazine. In April, my business
partner Chace Frost and myself opened First Rate Productions. It is a
all-encompassing media company. We do video and still photography as
well as website design..
Andrea: I’m currently a full-time mom. Before Stone came along,
I worked at Southern Research Institute on Southside for four years as
a research technician in the large animal lab. I plan on going back to
SRI someday after the kids get a little older. I’m also doing a
little dog-grooming on the side so if anyone is interested you can call
|Who are your heroes?
James: Growing up it was Hulk Hogan and Michael Jordan. These days I would
say my parents, family and friends. They are the true heroes for being able
to put up with me all these years.
Andrea: Mary mother of Jesus, because after becoming a mother I realize
what a sacrifice she had to endure. The pain and suffering would have been
too much for me to withstand.
How do you want to be remembered?
Andrea: I want to be remembered as very friendly, nice and sweet.
James: I would like to be remembered as the opposite of Andrea, mean and
surly. Seriously, I would like to be remembered as someone who could bring
a smile to people’s faces no matter what the situation.
Any hobbies, special activities, pets, or anything of interest?
We have two pets right now. Cat: Grey Kitty (name is self-explanatory) and
Dog: Simon (A lab). We recently lost our other dog Midget. She was a corgi
that we had since before we were married. She was a great dog and James
actually cried when she died.