Monday, July 22, 2013 — Raleigh – On July 17, 2013, The Honorable Philip O. Redwine Sr., 75, died peacefully with his loving family surrounding him following a courageous battle against declining health.
Phil was born on February 24, 1938 in Badin, N.C., to John and Frances Redwine. He was predeceased by his parents, his in-laws Judson T. Rhodes, Ralph C. Stephens, Josephine Stephens and his grandson Sawyer Redwine Styres.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 28 years, Annette, who cherishes his memory; his tireless and loving mother-in-law, Pat Rhodes; sister-in-law, Claudette Rhodes-Greger; former wife and devoted mother, Sylvia Redwine.
He is celebrated by his five children who are his heart and their spouses Angel Styres (Bill), Philip Redwine Jr. (Rebecca), Nash Redwine (Jessica), Marlot McMichael (Patrick) and Cristin DeRonja (Frank) as well as eight beautiful, loving grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, his siblings and their spouses Gerald Redwine (Annette) and Kay Russell (Ralph).
Phil was the perfect Dad to his children and a second father to many of his dear friends’ children who called him “Uncle Phil” or “The Judge.”
He was a graduate of the Badin High School Class of 1956 and then graduated from N.C. State University in 1960, where he was a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
He spent the next few years serving honorably in the United States Army before returning home and attending law school at Wake Forest University and earned his Juris Doctorate which would help define his career path in the field of law.
Phil’s successful career may be best summarized in one word, kindness. Whether it was working in private practice or as a governmental employee he remained humble, fair and most of all kind. Once complete with his law school requirements, he went to work as an Assistant Attorney General and then served as the Executive Director of the Democratic Party in 1968.