Joseph Smith Philpot
May 21, 1968 - December 3, 2020
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Joseph Smith Philpot died at his home on December 3, 2020. He began his battle with brain cancer twenty-four years ago. Until six years ago he worked with his family at Philpot Law Firm, PA. He was also a real estate broker and owner of Philpot Real Estate, LLC. Joe never gave up hope. He…

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Judy Wittmann left a message on May 31, 2021:
Dear family, John, Marisa and I offer our deepest condolences to you. Joe was a beautiful person and I know you all miss him so much. Thank you for sharing this ceremony with me and my family. All my love, Your cousin, Judy *Blackwell* Wittmann
Theresa Pierce left a message on December 18, 2020:
Joe was one of the sweetest kindest young men I have ever known! I can't say enough what an inspiration he was to me! I have so many fond memories with him talking about his college days and his memories of meeting Heather and building a life with her and their children. We spent many days listening to oldies and playing "name that tune"! The more time I spent helping with his care & with his beautiful girl's,  Heather, Haleigh & Claire, I grew to love them like family.! My heart & prayers are with the entire  Philpot family & the Hester family! Love you all!! 
Carolyn Crosby left a message on December 16, 2020:
Please accept our deepest sympathy.
The Crosby’s Jim and Carolyn.
Stella Looper Schaefer left a message on December 11, 2020:
There are no words to express my sorrow. You have my deepest sympathy.
Chris and Kari Stover left a message on December 7, 2020:
The Philpot Family,
We are sorry for your loss. Joe was a great friend that always could put a smile on your face. He will truly be missed by his loved ones, but know that he will always be in your hearts. May peace be with him and you.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Donna Gibson Quinn left a message on December 7, 2020:
Joe was such a special friend that started when we were in Kindergarten together at Berea First.  It breaks my heart for all the suffering he has endured and I am praying now for his family and friends.  I am blessed to have known Joe and I am so sorry for your loss.  He will be missed but never forgotten.  May he rest in peace.  
Gilbert Allen left a message on December 7, 2020:
Barbara and I were saddened to hear of Joe's passing. (She drew my attention to the lovely obituary in the Greenville News.) When we were both younger and still able to play tennis, Henry would often tell me about Joe's persistence and courage in facing his medical challenges. We hope that good memories of Joe's presence will help to sustain the entire Philpot family during this difficult time.
Toni Masters left a message on December 6, 2020:
Dear Becky, Henry, and family, 
What a dear soul Joe was.  And what a warrior!  I was honored to be a part of his team along the way.   I continue to be amazed at his perseverance, and big heart.   And, to the entire family, you define what “family” is supposed to be.   Joe had so much love and support from you.   May God continue to comfort and keep you.  
Sylvia Cureton-Brown, Travelers Rest High School English teacher left a message on December 6, 2020:
Having seen Joe’s picture in the Greenville News, I recognized him immediately and was saddened upon reading the obituary. I taught both Joe and Heather, his wife. My memory of Joe is that of a benevolent gentleman. He always showed respect and kindness in my presence. His kindly disposition and concern for others were his trademark. The world has lost a truly decent individual, but his legacy will live on through his daughters. God’s blessings for the family!
Rhudene Hall left a message on December 6, 2020:
The Philpot Family -

Prayers for comfort and peace.
Mary & Randy McWhorter, Matt & Angie Tatham left a message on December 6, 2020:
Heather, we are saddened by the loss of your wonderful husband, Joe. What a brave and courageous fighter he was for so long! You and the girls as well as the entire Hester and Philpot families will be in our prayers now and in the days ahead. With our deepest sympathies,
Jimmy and Bonnie Pittman left a message on December 6, 2020:
Both of us growing up in Berea, during the 1960s became school mates, neighbors and good friends with most of The Philpott and Smith family members.     That experience has left us with great memories, from such loving and caring people.     We send our love, thoughts and prayers, for your loss.   God Bless and Be with all of you at this difficult time in your lives.
Hank Johnson left a message on December 6, 2020:
Irv and family, 

So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers are with you. 

Hank Johnson 
Gina (Rosa) & Kenneth Hooper left a message on December 6, 2020:
I remember growing up in church with Joe. In MYF he was always goofing off and my dad (Boyd Rosa) would have to tell him to settle down.  There was this one time when Joe was fooling around and my dad grabbed him by his pants and hung him by his belt on the door handle.  Joe couldn't reach the floor and was just laughing and kicking trying to get down.  It was just a minute or two but dad got him down.  His huge smile is what I remember most about Joe. I never saw him without it.  Heather, Haleigh, Claire, Henry, Becky, Irv, Liz and Eric may God's loving arms wrap you in peace and comfort during this time. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Almeter Smith Butler left a message on December 6, 2020:
I have scrapbooks of most of my teaching years.  Joe was in my first/second combination class as a second grader.  Beside his picture I wrote,"Joe is the prettiest child I have ever seen!  He's gentle and sensitive but 100% boy.  Great basketball player and has a great sense of humor."  This is how I've always thought of him, with those huge beautiful blue eyes and blond  mushroom haircut.  He was a joy to teach and a wonderful student.  I am saddened to hear of his passing.. I always thought I'd see him again.    I share in your sorrow.
Almeter Smith Butler
Rosevelyn Batson Cooper left a message on December 5, 2020:
Joe was just a super great guy with an outgoing personality! I enjoyed every minute with him as one of his caregivers, he will be truly missed , but I’m thankful he’s now at peace!
All my love!!
Rosevelyn Cooper
Pennie and Dick Martin left a message on December 5, 2020:
We are so sorry Irv for the loss of your brother. It sounds like he fought the good fight for quite some time.
Our thoughts and prays go up for you and all your loving family.
Kathryn M Gaffney left a message on December 5, 2020:
Heather, Cindy and family I am so sorry for your loss but please know that I will be praying for the family and know that Joe is now in a better place.
Harvey Choplin left a message on December 5, 2020:
To the Philpot Family,
Please know that my prayers are with all of you during this time of bereavement. Joe was liked by everyone in high school and the surrounding community. I reminder his laugh and friendliness through his high school years. He was loved by all and most of all a blessing to his family. God Bless you all.

Harvey Choplin
Teacher, Coach, and Administrator -Travelers Rest High School (retired)
Barbara Martin left a message on December 5, 2020:
Our hearts are broken God has taken one of the best. Rest in peace sweet Joe, we will miss you forever, but we'll always carry you in our hearts. We love you. Mikey and Barbara
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Debra Rich left a message on December 5, 2020:
My sincere sympathy to the precious family of Joe Philpot. Joe was a very courageous person. His incredible family took such good care of him. He bravely attended every family event and was so kind to everyone. God bless each of his amazing family.
Ginger Hughes left a message on December 5, 2020:
To Heather and the entire family, 

I will never forget the first time I met Joe years ago one day when I was with Kyle Traynham.  He talked to me like he had known me forever & was truly one of the SWEETEST and funniest guys I have ever met.  He was the kind of person you just instantly liked!  The love he had for Heather was the kind of love you always wished for.  The most beautiful couple - inside & out.  Heaven gained a precious angel.  Praying for you all.
Debbie Capps left a message on December 4, 2020:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Joe was the sweetest person who made everyone feel important and loved.
He will be missed but never forgotten
Sending our love to you all
Steve and Debbie Capps
Cheri August Bell left a message on December 4, 2020:
Not sure if the family remembers me but we went to church together at Berea Friendship.  Please know my prayers are with you during this time.  Joe can now catch up with my Dad in heaven.  Love to you all, Cheri August Bell
Esther King left a message on December 4, 2020:
My thoughts and prayers are with this precious family as you grieve the passing of Joe.  What a special young man and everyone who knew him, loved him.  Blessings as you go through these sad days.  
Jean & Bill Gallman left a message on December 4, 2020:
Our kindest thoughts and prayers are extended to the remarkable Philpot family during this time of grief and celebration of Joe’s life.  We know that he was loved, admired and appreciated by his family and the many who benefited from his kindness.  Please know that we care about you all.
Jean & Bill Gallman
Joan Looper Zepf left a message on December 4, 2020:
Joe had a smile for the ages and an inspiration for all.  My love, thoughts and prayers are with you.
May the poem below give you some comfort....
Poem written by
Mary Elizabeth Frye in the 1930s

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep. 

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain. 

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night. 

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
(Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!)

Clay and cece mood left a message on December 4, 2020:
So many memories of Joe. Just a lost for words but Joe always took care of others first. Great man! What a fighter! So sad right now , but glad he is at peace.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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