Bibb County Judge Taylor Phillips Dies
Bibb County Probate Court Judge Taylor Phillips dies Friday morning at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Judge Phillips was 90.
According to Coroner Leon Jones, Judge Phillips died around 2:30 a.m. from natural causes.
Bibb County Commissioners recently renamed the courthouse after Phillips. Commissioner Joe Allen suggested naming the courthouse after Judge J. Taylor Phillips, 90, a long-time public figure in the community. Commissioner Allen said he couldn't think of a better person to name the courthouse after.
Joe Allen, Bibb County Commissioner, says "We recently named the Courthouse the J. Taylor Phillips Bibb County Courthouse. He is just somebody that has been a heart, and even though he is gone to heaven, he will always be in our heart."
Joe Allen joins his breakfast crew at Jeanne’s in downtown Macon, a restaurant that he and Phillips constantly frequented with friends. This morning they reflect.
Don Banks, Phillips’ Life Long Friend, remembers Phillips accomplishments, "One thing about Judge Phillips that a lot of people don't know is that he won the Navy Cross in the Marine Core, he was a war hero."
Jack Caldwell, another one of Phillips’ Friends adds his thoughts, “Judge Phillips was not only a dear friend, he was my hero. He was a proud Marine and he was a southern gentleman. That was Judge Phillips."
Barbra McGahee, a waitress at Jeanne’s, served Judge Phillips for years. She says "He's really going to be missed. He was a very kind and generous man. We just loved him so much."
The Bibb County Courthouse is flying the flags at half staff in honor of Judge J. Taylor Phillips.