Paul Wesley Phillips, 93, Navy veteran who served aboard the USS Battleship North Carolina

Paul Wesley Phillips

LELAND — Mr. Paul Wesley Phillips, 93, passed away Tuesday evening, Jan. 19, 2021, at his Leland home of 52 years with his loving family surrounding his bedside.

Paul was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Rockingham, North Carolina, the son of the late Sipp Wesley and Rosabelle Johnson Phillips. Also preceding him in death were his brother, Carl Phillips; and sister, Dorothy P. Williams.

He retired in 1966 after 21 years in the U.S. Navy and was one of the last remaining few who were stationed aboard the USS Battleship North Carolina. After retirement, he worked civil service at Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal for 20 years. Followed by 20 years of service at the Cameron Art Museum.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Evonne Richardson Phillips; sons, Jimmy Phillips (Leslie) and David Phillips (Debbie) of Wilmington; daughter, Betsy Robbe; eight grandchildren, Shawn Phillips (Jessica), Cory Mazzola (Mary), Joshua Phillips, Michael Phillips (Kenzie) and Brooklyn Phillips; three great-grandchildren, Abel, Jeremiah and Ellington Phillips; three brothers, Harold Phillips (Sylvia), Richard Phillips (Minnie Ellen) and Jim Phillips (Lovell); as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitors are welcome from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, at Cameron Art Museum. The family will be present from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please feel free to stop in, sign the guest book and pay your final respects to Paul.

A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Full military honors will be given by the U.S. Navy.

The family suggests memorials be directed to the Battleship North Carolina Memorial, Cameron Art Museum or Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Share online condolences with the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.

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