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Phillip Anthony (Phil) Lumpkin

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LUMPKIN, Phillip (Phil) Anthony of Dayton, Ohio and Seattle Washington passed away unexpectantly on October 30, 2009 after a brief illness. Phil as he was affectionately called was born on December 20, 1951 to the late Harold Richard and C. Dorothy Lumpkin of Dayton, Ohio. . He graduated from Roth High School in 1970 and received an athletic scholarship to attend Miami University. In 1974, Phil was a 2nd round draft selection of the Portland Trailblazers and later played for the Phoenix Suns where he was remembered for his play in Game 5 in the 1976 NBA Finals. In 1981, he received a degree in Physical Education from Miami University and later that year inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame. Phil later relocated to Seattle, WA and became a teacher and head basketball coach. It was during his recent 19 year stint at O'Dea High School in Seattle, WA, he coached the boy's teams to 5 State Class 3AA-3A Championships and 2 state runner-ups. The summer of 2009, Phil was selected to be in the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and will be inducted November 14, 2009. He is survived by a son, Gregory Ridewood; brother, Dr. Stephen A. Lumpkin; uncle, Frederick (Marcella) Lumpkin and aunt, Shellie Jordan and a host of other relatives and friends A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, Nov 12 with a viewing from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and service to follow at 12:OO noon at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 380 South Broadway Street, Dayton, Ohio. Arrangements entrusted to Smith -Rose Funeral Home in association with Johnson Brown.
Published in Dayton Daily News from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2009
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