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.