Stacey Webb, a granddaughter of Phillips, said that he died Tuesday after battling Parkinson's disease.
Phillips served as superintendent for 20 years beginning in 1968 as blacks and whites began to attend the same schools for the first time. Phillips also saw the North Carolina Legislature provide funding for full-day kindergarten for 5-year-olds as well as for teachers' aides for kindergarten through third grade.
At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, they ask that donations be made to the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching A. Craig Phillips Honored Educator Scholarship. The address is 276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723. During the annual NCCAT Old Fossil Golf Tournament, held this year on June 21 at the Longleaf Golf Club in Southern Pines, Dr. Phillips life will be celebrated.
Services will be held on Saturday at the St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church at 612 S. College Street in Wilmington. Visitation begins at 1:00pm, followed by the service at 2:00 p.m.