Dr. W. Philip
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Asheville - Dr. William Philip "Phil" Shattuck, 89, of Asheville passed away on Friday, August 23, 2013 after a brief illness. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 29, 1924, he was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. John W. Shattuck of Asheville. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Betty Bass Shattuck, who recently passed away in June, and by his childhood sweetheart and first wife, Helen Lucille Gray, who died of polio in 1950 at 24. A graduate of Rocky River High School in Rocky River, Ohio and Northern Illinois College of Optometry, Phil practiced optometry in Asheville for fifty years. He was a member of the American Optometric Association, North Carolina Optometric Society, and Mountain District Optometric Society.
Phil was a veteran of World War II and a member of the USAF Reserve until retirement in 1966 as a Lt. Col. As a member of the 317th Troop Carrier Group in the Pacific, he flew C-47's and later became the personal pilot for Lt. Gen. John R. Hodge, Comdr. XXIV Corps in Korea. Phil was a member of the Reserve Officer's Association, Air Force Association, and Military Officers Association of America. He was fortunate to have been able to travel to the grand opening of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on a trip coordinated by Rotary Club.
Phil was a Charter Member of the Asheville Sertoma Club and the Asheville Rotary Club. He and his late wife, Betty, were members of Central United Methodist Church. Phil is survived by two daughters, Nancy S. Miller of Tallahassee, FL and Beth S. Kuhfuss of Mackinaw, IL; two grandchildren, Betsy Caire Couch of Tallahassee, FL and Dr. Michael Thure Caire of Tampa, FL; and three great-grandchildren, Caroline Elizabeth Couch, William Shattuck "Tucker" Couch, and Audrey Catherine Caire.
Phil's sunny smile, keen sense of humor, big bear hugs, singing and piano music will always be deeply missed. A graveside service is scheduled at Lewis Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM with Dr. Robert Blackburn, Jr. officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Asheville Humane Society or America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend in Tallahassee, Florida.
Morris Funeral Home, 303 Merrimon Avenue is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7, 2013