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July 10, 2014

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October 05, 2012
phill was my best friend growing up he inspired me to play basketball and tryout for the team. The coaches didnt believe in me when phil did . he told the coaches to give me a second look and this changed my life enormously I owe alot to phil and not a day goes by that i dont think about the inpact he had on my life RIP brother
February 16, 2011
I was recalling the great Phil Lumpkin of my college days this afternoon, and am deeply saddened to hear of his passing.

Phil and I both graduated from Miami in 1974. I was a mediocre high school basketball player, but a top-notch fan at Miami.

I recall taking my girlfriend to the home opener, against Dayton, sophomore year. (Freshme were not allowed to play for the varsity: times have changed!) I said to Jane, "Apparently, we've got this hot-shot sophomore guard." Little did I know . . ..

UD had a highly-touted guard, too. His name was Donald Smith. My recollection is that both he and Phil had played together at Dayton Roth. This game was to be a showdown.

Miami controlled the tip, and Phil brought the ball across the center line. He was slightly built - about 6-foot, 160, I'd say. I said, "Not a very big feller, is he?"

Our introduction to Phil Lumpkin was classic stuff. He dribbled to the top of the key, shuffle-stepped into closer shooting range, flipped the ball between his legs to set up a step-back fall-away jumper, and . . . nothin' but net. I turned to Jane, and gushed, "Wow! Basketball's gonna be fun to watch this year."

I bumped into Phil on campus a few times over three years, and would sometimes approach (a little starstruck and nervous). He was always attentive and deferential.

He made my college experience greater for his basketball performance. To his family, friends, and former players, I extend belated condolences.
January 02, 2011
I just heard of the passing of Phillip today. I lived two houses up on Laurel Drive and would watch him play on the side back of the yard and occasionally cheer him on. My Father was the Church pastor next door. Condolences are never too late for families. Roth had a lot of memories for our basketball team. Purple and white was outta' sight and so were Smith, Hamerick and Lumpkin. God's eternal blessings to all. Sincerely Gail Jackson-Bateaux, Ph.D
March 13, 2010
March 13 2010
I was reading letters to the editor last night in Sports Illustrated and came across the shocking news that Phil had passed away. My best friend (Irene Andrews) and I first met Phil in a bar in Kirkland when he first came to Washington and Phil and Irene becamse inseparable until she too passed away unexpectedly at a young age. Phil taught us his philosophy, exposed us to all his music and by example showed us the kind of man he was.
It must be a tremendous loss to you as his brother.
December 14, 2009
My thoughts and prayers to my aunt and uncle, this is Wendy K.(Imogene's)daughter,I will never forget he taught me how to play basketball.He was the reason I made the first girls basketball team @ Miami Chapel school,and was more interested in other sports.He will be missed,LOVE YOU PHILLIP
November 25, 2009
I was privileged to meet Phillip my freshmen year of high school. We were in Spanish class together. He became a close personal friend of mine at that time. I remember the day he told me the reason he took up Spanish. It was so funny I still relay it to others. I have always kept him in my heart and mind as well as Stephen.
November 24, 2009

Dear Lumpkin family,

I am saddened to read about the death of Phillip. I never met him, but I did meet his mother Dorothy at a family reunion (I am related to him on his mother's side). I was able to see him and his team play at this gathering on that Sunday years ago, for the game was being shown on TV that day.
Though these things have happened, be assured that God is there to provide comfort to us. The Scripture indicates that we have a great High Priest, Jesus the Son of God, that is touched with the feelings of our infirmities, and in His Name we can approach the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16). So whatever your needs are in this situation (whether it be for comfort, guidance, wisdom, money, or other things), take out time to present them to God, casting all your care on Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

Farewell, and Do well.
November 08, 2009
To the Lumpkin Family

We are so sad to hear of the passing of Phillip.A great man very generous and kind person. One of Roth high School Best Basketball Players.May the memories the Family carry close to there heart ease the pain.We often ask God why did he take our love one. God needed another Angel. May God bless and keep you all close to him with His Pease in this challenging time.
November 08, 2009
In my minds eye, I see you and Don bringing the ball down...Hamrick is at the top of the key and you and Smitty are setting it up...Purple and White you are still "Outta Sight!" Family, I truly feel your loss. Know the Phil is with King Jesus now ("To be absent from the body..."). Greeve your loss: but rejoice in the knowledge that our brother is in King Jesus' hands!
November 08, 2009
i remember him in high school playing basketball.he was very smooth,i have father sports since 1962.he was one of the best

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