John DeWitt Phillips ’88

John DeWitt Phillips, 50, of Charlotte, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on Thursday, February 4, 2016, in Birmingham, Alabama. He was born September 24, 1965, in Charlotte, NC.

John was preceded in death by his father, Dewey DeWitt (DD) Phillips, MD, and his mother, Geraldine (Geri) Grady Phillips.

He is survived by his children John DeWitt (Jack) Phillips, Jr., Anna Adams Phillips, Katherine Elizabeth Phillips and David Luke Phillips.

Through the years, John lived in Charlotte, NC, Durham, NC, and Birmingham, AL, but spent the majority of his life in Charlotte which he always considered home.

John graduated from Charlotte Country Day School, received a B.A. in History from Davidson College, an M.A. in Military History from The University of Alabama, and a JD from Cumberland School of Law.

John was a talented attorney who spent most of his career as a civil servant. He was a successful assistant district attorney, public defender, and civil litigator.

John’s interests were broad and included history, computers and photography. He also loved Alabama football and one of his greatest joys was taking his children to games.

He was a loyal and generous friend often helping others in need.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Reverend Deborah Conner will officiate.

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