Phillip Pennington Madison, age 67, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, May 14, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Billie-Ann, daughter, Mercedes Woods, step-son, Christian Martin, brothers, John and Larnell, sister, Karen and 6 grandkids, Brian, Kimberly, Marquis, Patrick, Megan and Lukas, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Danny.
Phillip was born in Oakland, California in 1951 to Walter and Marjorie Madison. He grew up surrounded by family and friends. He accepted Christ and was baptized at the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church which he attended throughout his youth.
From an early age, Phillip developed a love for music and along with his brothers formed bands "the Aces" and "the Majestics" and later "The Seventh House Band" which included lifelong friends, Taylor White and Maurice Baker. Music has been a constant in his life. He played clarinet, saxophone and guitar. He attended jam sessions at Little Lou's and the Grill in Mountain House. He was a past member of "Alma Tropical" and a current member of the Tracy Community Band.
Phillip was an avid athlete. He excelled in Track and field as well as basketball. He was a member of the winning team at the 1969 Northern California Tournament Championship. He played for Castlemont High School and Merritt College. He coached youth basketball at the Oakland Community Center. He graduated from Cal Berkley with a Bachelor's in Sociology.
In his 20's, Phillip successfully launched his own cosmetic line and because of his work in the industry and for Panteen, had the opportunity to travel all over the U.S. Later, he began working at Santa Clara County as an eligibility worker, where he met his wife, Billie-Ann. He rose through the ranks and at the time of his retirement was a supervisor with an award in excellence in service. Phillip enjoyed retirement and the quiet life in Tracy. He was a vice-president of RPEA of his chapter and took an active role in the lives of his grandchildren.
Phillip accomplished much in his time and was a role-model to all whose lives he's touched. He loved his family and was loved in return. He was a true original and with his passing has left a hole in humanity. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed and cherished.
Family and friends are invited to the celebration of his life on Friday, May 25th at 1PM at Fry Memorial Chapel at 550 S. Central Tracy CA 95376.