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Johnny Phillips

John Lee Phillips, 70, of St. Pauls, died Sunday March 3, 2013. He was born in Moore County, NC October 6, 1942 to the late Troy and Grace Mason Phillips. He is survived a daughter Michelle Phillips. He was a loving father and a great man who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He taught at St. Pauls High School for 34 years and he loved his job, his students and his co-workers. This poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson fully describes who he really was:

To laugh often and much

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

That is to have succeeded.

He will be loved and missed by many. I love you Daddy.

A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements by McNeill Mackie Funeral Home, St. Pauls.

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Apr 9 2019 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about John Phillips. He was a great teacher, and I also had him for Driver's Ed when I was just 15 yrs ago. Funny considering my youngest just turned 17 and now has his license. Fond memories I have of Mr. Phillips in history class, and PE. he was the very first person to ever compliment me on my hand writing too. He will be missed!!

Trisha Suggs DeVelis Mar 24 2013 12:00 AM

Mr. Phillips was such a wonderful teacher.I had him for 7th grade Health &PE.I can remember Michelle as a little girl tagging along with her Daddy.It was so apparent that she was the apple of his eye.May God comfort you during this time of sorrow Michelle and know that your Daddy was such an inspiration for so many children during his career at St. Paul's.

Donna Tyner Tart Mar 10 2013 12:00 AM

Michelle, I didn't have the opportunity to meet your dad, but the poem you chose really does say a lot.It tells me that he was a good man, with a good heart and appreciated the opportunity to live a blessed life.That poem also reminded me of my mom.She lived a life similar to his.I know that he will be truly missed, as my mom is, but remember what you learned from him.Hold on to everything he showed you, and live one day at a time.If you need anything, let me know.(You know where I work. :))

Tychenna "Tish" Williams Mar 8 2013 12:00 AM

Michelle and family, What a beautiful man your father was... He meant so much to our community... His warm and caring personality was felt and appreciated each time I ran into him these past several years! Unfortunately, I missed the opportunity to run into him often enough! He meant so much, as well, to my Aunt Vashti Rozier as a friend, co-worker and neighbor... May the beautiful memories you have bring you comfort! Fondly, The Ed Brisson family

Lisa Brisson and Brisson family of St. Pauls Mar 7 2013 12:00 AM

Great man, teacher and neighbor! Sending prayers to Michelle.

Samantha Mar 5 2013 12:00 AM

A great man with a huge influence on my life as a St. Pauls High School student.He will be missed.

Mark Duncan Mar 5 2013 12:00 AM