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Charles Edward "Phil" Phillips USAF (Ret.)

1931 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Charles Edward "Phil" Phillips USAF (Ret.) Obituary
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Charles "Phil" Edward PHILLIPS (USAF, Retired)

August 22, 1931 ~ May 4, 2014

Charles E. Phillips, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, was born on August 22, 1931 in Wilmington, DE, the eldest son of John Phillips and Marian Boyer. He died May 4, 2014, after a period of declining health. Charles was a man of faith, defined by a life of service to family, country, friends and his patients.

Charles enlisted in the US Air Force after high school. He had 21 years of honorable, military service as a medic, until retirement in 1970.

Charles started his second career and was the first Black student in the University of Washington MEDEX Physician Assistant training program and graduated in 1971. He was a Physician Assistant at Group Health Cooperative, Northgate for 20 years.

Charles to leaves to mourn, his wife Genelle Tolliver Phillips, daughters Lyndelle and Andrea Phillips, Eleanor Phillips Nelson (Jackie), son, Supee Phillips (Tasha), and Dr. Samuel R. Pettis, Jr. (like a son). Referring to him as "Daddy Phil" are grandsons, Charles "Chuck" E. Phillips Welch (Nandi), Anthony Welch (deceased), Cary Welch, Darren Nelson, and Nicholas Phillips; granddaughter Monica Nelson; great grandsons, Cary Jr. and Cameron Welch and great granddaughters Annabelle and Chelsea Welch. He leaves to mourn his brothers, Robert, William and Rodney Pritchett, and sister Delores Pritchett Thomas, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Charles was predeceased by his brother Jimmy Pritchett, and sisters, Peggy Phillips, Dorothy Pritchett and Cora Pritchett Royal.

Charles was a member of Epiphany Parish of Seattle (Episcopal) for over 42 years. He enjoyed bowling, and played recreational men's softball until age 50. Charles was a Husky football season ticket holder and avid Husky fan. He also enjoyed traveled throughout the world with his family. He especially enjoyed driving across the country to the East Coast to visit family and friends into his seventies.

Charles was a teller of jokes that kept everyone in laughter. His upbeat and positive spirit will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

The celebration of the life of Charles will be held Tuesday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. at Epiphany Parish of Seattle (Episcopal), 38th and E. Denny in Madrona.
Published in The Seattle Times from May 11 to May 12, 2014
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