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Judge Luther James Phipps

by Stanley Peele


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fred dula      3:25 PM Wed 11/3/2010

As a senior in the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity at UNC I received the L. J. Phipps award given to the most outstanding senior voted on by the brothers. I am so glad to read the article about Judge Phipps, I now know so much more about my award's namesake. Do you have information about his Phi Gam days at UNC? Thanks

Ruth Hundley Vickers      7:40 PM Mon 12/7/2009

My aunt, Ellen Bland was said to be, by Bland family members, Jim Phipps' childhood sweetheart. After my Aunt Ellen Bland (Cole) passed away, I was receipient of my grandmother, Savannah Womble Bland's, trunk. It had been in the possession of Aunt Ellen, as she was Savannah and Thomas A. Bland's youngest child. In the trunk was Aunt Ellen's invite to Jim's UNC graduation, several greeting cards from "Jim, " and numerous snapshots of Aunt Ellen and Jim, "courting."

He (Jim) married another, but it took Aunt Ellen, till she was 42 years old, to give up teaching in the NC public school system, her earlier love, and marry a dignified Orange County famer, Clarence C. Cole.

Michelle Peanick      10:35 AM Sun 11/8/2009

Chapel Hill Memories is my favorite Sunday morning web destination. Keep up the great work.

Mike Tuttle      9:10 AM Sat 11/7/2009

I hate to admit it but I've never known anyone who absolutely had to abide by the posted speed limit like this man, but it perfectly encapsulates his character.

Sara Green      2:51 PM Fri 11/6/2009

What an inspiring man. I do not know any people now that I would say have the intelligence and integrity of Judge Phipps.

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