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Michael Scott Phillips Jr. “Scotty”


Michael Scott Phillips Jr. “Scotty”, age 23, of Oxford NC. passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 4th 2021.

Michael was the son of Scott and Jennifer Phillips and loving brother of Caroline. He was born and raised in Granville County where he graduated from J.F. Webb High School in 2015 where he was a proud Warrior Athlete. He lived and worked in Oxford for several years after high school, before following his love for the water and moving to Wilmington to be close to the sea. Michael was a craftsman who enjoyed working in plumbing and construction where he could see the results of his hard work.

He was an avid sportsmen, fisherman, and lover of dogs. If you knew Michael, you knew his blue eyes, contagious smile, and beloved dog, Levi. Michael never met a stranger! He got along with all types of people. He enjoyed making others laugh with his charismatic personality and witty sense of humor. Michael tried to live his life to the fullest and always wanted to make others happy. He loved his life, but loved the people in his life most of all. Michael would want us to remember the good times, cherish the laughter we all shared, and live each day better than our last. Our family is so proud of the gains Michael achieved in his short life here on earth; and we look forward to our eternal life together with him again in Heaven one day.

His parents, Scott and Jennifer Phillips, his sister Caroline, and maternal grandmother Jan Satterfield of Roxboro, NC and a full family of aunts, uncles, and cousins, survive him. Michael also leaves behind many loving friends who had a special place in his heart, including a support group of friends in Asheville and Wilmington.

A walkthrough visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13th from 1:00-4:00 pm at Oxford United Methodist Church. We ask that everyone please wear a mask and adhere to the COVID guidelines that will be in place to allow us to be safe. A private family memorial will be held at a later time.

Though this was never the outcome we prayed for, we know in our hearts that Michael would want us to continue to help others. A scholarship has been established in Michael’s name to help others afford recovery. Your donation can be made to “The Launch Pad” and mailed to: 5001 Wrightsville Ave. Wilmington, NC 28403 ( in memo line of check, put The Scotty Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund).


  • Barbara Guthrie Posted February 8, 2021 11:14 pm

    Jennifer, Scott and Caroline please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. So glad to read all the fond memories you have of Michael. Those memories will
    sustain you in the days and weeks and months ahead. May you feel God’s presence in all you do. Caroline I haven’t seen you in a long time. I’ve only met Michael
    a few times. I enjoyed working with you, Caroline, at the House of Ribeyes. I am so proud of you. I will continue to pray for the family. Love Barbara Guthrie

  • Francine Hart Posted February 9, 2021 12:46 am

    Scott I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I’m sending my sincere condolences to you and your family.. Treasure all the beautiful memories that ya’ll shared together. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten.

  • Norma Walters Roberts Posted February 9, 2021 2:02 am

    My prayers for comfort are with you all!
    May God surround you with His love and peace.

  • Ben Currin Posted February 9, 2021 1:28 pm

    Living next door to the Phillips family in Oxford (2002 – 2016) was a joy. We often bragged to each other that “we” had the best neighbors in the world. I have many fond memories of Scott, Jennifer, Caroline & “Michael”. Sending thoughts & prayers out to his friends, and to his wonderful family, and may Michael be at peace now!!!!

  • Lynne Posted February 9, 2021 2:13 pm

    Sending prayers to the family and his friends. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Charlie & Sienna McDougall Posted February 9, 2021 4:27 pm

    To the Phillips family. We are sending our love and prayers in this terrible time. Our thoughts are with you! Please hang onto and cherish the memories and use them to comfort you in this sorrowful moment!!!!! With love and prayers. Charlie & Sienna

  • Maia Posted February 9, 2021 8:26 pm

    Mike was a great friend. I remember his blue eyes & big smile coming down the hallway. He was so sweet & cool. I remember cheering my good friend on at football games (I was a cheerleader). I pray for his family. Love you Mike❤️

  • Ronnie and Sandra Bailey Posted February 9, 2021 10:52 pm

    Scott & Jennifer, The beautiful obituary captures the true essence of the Michael we knew. He was a very well mannered, respectful young man which reflects your great parenting. We will treasure the many memories of our traveling baseball days when we watched “Micheal P” play his heart out and his visits to our home to go fishing with Ethan. I fondly remember the last time I saw him, the conversation and hug we shared as his face lit up with beautiful smile he always seemed to have. What joy it is to know that we will all be reunited one day. God has healed Michael and taken him in His care. May God carry you thorough this difficult time as only He can.

  • Carol Wheelesz Posted February 10, 2021 1:15 am

    Jennifer, Scott & Caroline, I have no words. I am so sorry for the loss of Michael. He was the kindest young man and I will never forget his beautiful smile. Prayers for the entire family.

  • Becky Goins Posted February 10, 2021 10:54 am

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of your precious son.
    Love in Christ,

  • Calvin Harris, Jr. Posted February 10, 2021 6:43 pm

    As a young student returning home from college, one of my early assignments as a Behavior Specialist was at what was then Mary Potter Intermediate School (MP). One of my colleagues was Mrs. Phillips. My afternoon duty station was in front of the school. I remember well a young “Scotty” getting off of the bus from the elementary school and meeting his mother at MP. I walked him to the bottom of the steps of the 4th grade hall and his mother would be waiting at the top of the steps. He was always quiet, well mannered and polite. His demeanor was always pleasant and his sense of humor was very unique. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Sonya Falls Posted February 11, 2021 3:27 am

    So sad for you. May Jesus, the Lover of all children, wrap His loving arms around Michael and you all. We hurt for you.

  • Deborah Dupree Posted February 12, 2021 2:11 pm

    Jennifer, Scott and Caroline,

    The Dupree family sends sincere condolences to you all. Carson had good memories of Michael at DD’s. We appreciate his kindness to her. Jennifer, you know you particularly hold a special place in our hearts. We will lift you all up in prayer to God through Christ who can give you the peace, comfort and strength to sustain you in the faith.
    Deborah, Mike and Carson Dupree

  • Anne Duncan Posted February 12, 2021 8:20 pm

    I came earlier today and received the vaccine this morning

    • Anne Duncan Posted February 12, 2021 8:28 pm

      So. sorry for the loss of your dear son and grandson. Such a handsome and obviously loving young man. My heart goes out to you all.

  • Nancy Bright Almarode Posted February 13, 2021 2:45 pm

    Dear Jan, Jennifer, Scott, Caroline, Perry and family,

    I just was told of Michael’s passing and I am deeply sorry for such an unspeakable loss in your family. The photo and obituary is so meaningful and well written.

    Please know I am praying for comfort and strength…for today and in the months to come.

    Again, I am so sorry.

  • Aaron Currin Posted February 13, 2021 5:40 pm

    My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the Phillips Family on this very difficult day. May God shower you all with peace and love. May Michael’s Memory live on through you all.

  • Marie Price Posted February 16, 2021 3:26 am

    Henry and I was so shocked to hear about michael our hears mourn for you guys please let us know if you need anything michael was such a sweet young man our boys really loved bplayibg golf with him it’s just so sad but he is resting in the arm of jesus now we live you all very much

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