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Harry Edward Philpott

April 2, 1958March 27, 2021

Harry Edward Philpott, age 62 of Martinsville, Virginia, “Retired Military and Educator,” passed away on March 27, 2021. Mr. Philpott was born on April 2, 1958 to the late Walter Albert Philpott and the late Mildred Kern Bissell. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his grandparents, Harry and Mildred Bissell(maternal), Jeff and Edna Philpott (paternal).

Mr. Philpott was a graduate of James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He attended Concord University in West Virginia on a Music Scholarship where he majored in Music Education and was a member of the Concord Commanders Jazz Band. Harry began his career in education as a Music Teacher for Henry County Public Schools at Campbell Court Elementary and later as a High School Band Director in Gilbert, West Virginia. While a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Justice, West Virginia, Harry served as Choir Director, Church Clerk and taught Youth Sunday School. He was of the Protestant faith.

SFC Philpott was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving two overseas tours in Germany with the Army Band. Following his retirement after twenty years of service to his country, Harry obtained his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas. He ended his teaching career as an Instructor of Special Education at Magna Vista High School in Martinsville, Virginia.

Mr. Philpott is survived by two sons, Daniel Alexander Philpott and Robert Harrison Philpott, two sisters, Gail Philpott Thomas (Marc) and Ann Philpott O’Bier (George), one brother, David Philpott.

Mr. Philpott enjoyed the relaxing peace and comfort that comes from walking along the ocean shores. He kept this inspirational quote in his Bible: “In All these things… We are more than conquerors! Hold on to the love of God!!!

A Visitation will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM and a Memorial Service will follow at 2:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 30 Riverside Hwy, Bassett, Virginia 24055.

Memorial Video can be viewed by going to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9v_gMIaopg

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Julia Lampkins

April 12, 2021

I truly enjoyed working with Harry at Magna Vista High School. He loved his school kids. We had many talks throughout the years especially about getting to spend time with his mom and children. Harry, you will be missed in so many ways, especially with your meal that you prepared and shared. Praying for the family!

Tim Mason

April 8, 2021

I am heartbroken to hear of Harry's passing. I worked closely with Harry when we served in the 1st Cav Band at Fort Hood and always admired his pleasant demeanor, helpfulness, and outstanding leadership as an NCO. Our country is a better place thanks to his service. Peace and love to the extended Philpott Family as you grieve his loss.

Pritchett Margaret

April 8, 2021

I was very saddened to hear of Harry’s passing. I first met Harry when he was an itinerant teacher at Campbell Court Elementary School. He was always so patient, kind, and helpful to my students with emotional disabilities. My students looked forward to going to his class. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him. After retiring from the military, he joined our staff at Magna Vista High School as a special education teacher. I was delighted to see him and work with him once again. He was very kind and compassionate about his students. Harry always shared a word of encouragement during difficult times and sincerely cared about others. He will be greatly missed. My condolences and prayers go out to the Philpott family and friends.

Charles Gilchrist

April 7, 2021

I am deeply saddened by this news. Harry was a good man, and I will never forget the wonderful times that we shared. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Bill Newman

April 4, 2021

Harry was my first cousin. I lived in New Jersey, but spent every summer, and just about every Christmas visiting Philpott. I would all ways visit with Harry and his family,. I will miss him.

Nicholas Haffter Von Heide

April 4, 2021

You offered so many, including myself, a well timed word during perplexing times. Your zeal for life brought you back and carried you much longer when it seemed it was all gone. You were a stellar musician, and it was an honor to serve beside you in such a precarious time.

George Ray

April 3, 2021

I served with Harry in the army and remember him as a fine musician.

Justin Eller

April 2, 2021

HARRY - THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT. WHILE IN THE ARMY YOU TOOK ME ASIDE AND MENTORED ME....INSTEAD OF GIVING ME A HEARD TIME, YOU W3NT OUT OF THE WAY TO TELL ME YOUR EXPERIENCES AND BEST WAY FORWORD...AND STAY TRUE TO MY LEADERSHIP CONVICTIONS. BE AT PEACE AND VERY WELL DESERVED FOR YOUR YEARS OF SELFLESS SERVICE .

Carey Barfoot

April 2, 2021

Harry was the first person I met upon arrival at Fort Stewart where we became colleages and friends. He also welcomed us to Faith Baptist church in Hinesville. You will be missed but we will meet again one day.

James Crowder

April 2, 2021

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY. Can't tell you how much you are missed and still hard to believe. I moved Harry from Texas back to Henry County and he was a joy to know. Always kind to all, gave so much to his country and one dedicated teacher as he was with every challenge. Many good times were had over the years. I will always remember you and the many good things you did for so many. Gone way to early and REST IN PEACE my dear friend.

FROM THE FAMILY