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Richard "Dick" Philpot

April 17, 1930 — October 17, 2023

Richard "Dick" Philpot, of Nashville, TN. 

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Dick Philpot, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a cherished member of his community. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Dick is survived by his loving wife Betty Hamilton Philpot, who stood by his side throughout their incredible journey together. His legacy lives on through their children Rick Philpot (Malinda), LeAnn Carr (Ron), Erwin Buck (Dave), grandchildren Will Ingle (Gray), Stan Ingle, Camille Wilson (Edward), Emily Philpot, Caroline DeValk (Jeff) great-grandchildren Stansell Ingle, Radford Ingle, and his sister Ruth Ellen Compton (Jim). Richard is also survived by numerous friends and loved ones whose lives were touched by his strength of character.

Dick dedicated himself to building a life full of love, laughter, and meaningful connections. In his remarkable journey extending over nine decades, Dick accomplished great things while leaving an indelible impact on everyone he encountered.

The cornerstone of Dick's life was his enduring partnership with his wife Betty. Their love story spanned an incredible 72 years and provided the foundation for his many accomplishments. Together, they weathered life's joys and challenges, their unwavering support for each other serving as an inspiration to all.

Dick's wit and generosity endeared him to family and friends. His quick humor brought laughter to countless gatherings while his open heart touched the lives of many. As a loyal friend who could always be counted on, Dick left an imprint on the souls of those fortunate enough to have walked beside him.

A man of diverse interests and passions, he found solace on the golf course and delighted in exploring new destinations through travel. Whether he was teeing off with his golf buddies or embarking on travel adventures with friends and family by his side, Dick's genuine enthusiasm radiated wherever he went.

His accomplishments were further exemplified through his involvement in various affiliations and organizations throughout his lifetime. From being part of The Wise Men Bible Study to gaining recognition in the Football Hall of Fame, he embarked on different paths that allowed him to make meaningful contributions to society. As a devoted business and civil leader, Dick held numerous roles and responsibilities that showcased his commitment to excellence and service.

His distinguished affiliations included the Society of Amateur Chefs, where his love for culinary arts intertwined with his passion for creating memorable experiences. Dick's presence was also welcomed as an Honorary Attendee of Bohemian Grove, The Gideons, and as President of Middle Tennessee National Football Association. His notable achievements extended to his tenure as Captain of the 1st Marine Division in Korea and Japan.

Dick dedicated himself to fostering connections within his community and engaging in philanthropic endeavors. He served as President of the Downtown Quarterback Club and played an instrumental role in the Vanderbilt Athletic Foundation. Dick was an active member of the Nashville Chapter Vanderbilt Club and contributed to the growth and development of Cordage Paper Company and Clements Paper Company.

His commitment to public service manifested through stewardship positions such as Chairman of the Board at the Downtown YMCA and Chairman of Cordage Book Publishing. Additionally, Dick held leadership roles within organizations such as the Junior Chamber of Commerce Downtown Clinic Bowl and Commanding Officer of the 3rd Marine Rifle Company of Nashville, TN in the USMC Reserve.

Throughout his life, Dick valued friendship and fellowship. He was a member of Beta Theta-Pi Fraternity, Royal Poinciana Country Club, Belle Meade Country Club, Stephens Valley Church Nashville, and 1st Baptist Church of Naples, FL. These communities were a source of support, camaraderie, and shared values that enriched Dick's life immeasurably.

Dicks presence was a comforting balm to those who knew him. His steadfast love, unwavering support, and enduring legacy will continue to inspire us all. As we gather to celebrate his remarkable life, let us remember the laughter he shared, the connection he fostered, and the indomitable spirit that will forever live on in our hearts.

Services to honor Dick’s memory will be held at Stephens Valley Church on Thursday, October 26th, 2023, starting at 11:00 A.M. The church is located at 6000 Pasquo Rd in Nashville, TN 37221

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in Dicks's name to the following organizations:

Semper Fi & America’s Fund : (760-725-3680)      


Stephens Valley Church: 6000 Pasquo Road Nashville, TN 37221 (615-965-5519)

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

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