CHARLES H. PHILPOT JR.

Posted Feb. 01, 2009, at 7:39 p.m.

CLINTON – Charles H. Philpot Jr., 64, husband of Donna (Estes) Philpot, died Jan. 30, 2009, at a Waterville hospital. He was born May 18, 1944, in Milo, the son of Charles H. and Mary E. (Herbest) Philpot. He was raised on a dairy farm in Milo and attended a one-room schoolhouse. He was a woods worker, tractor-trailer driver, mechanic and welder. His longtime hobby and ambition was building and racing stockcars. He passed this winning tradition down to his sons. Tim was the mechanic who worked on the cars; Chip and Clint drove the cars, with Charlie supervising each and every detail. When not busy working with his own sons, he spent countless hours helping and coaching other drivers and mechanics. People across the country called or stopped by for advice on improving the quality of their racecars, in the hopes of a win. Charlie was well known for his truck driving skills across the country, as well as local hauling. He hauled everything from cars to wood, and enjoyed all the big trucks and big truck shows. Many drivers on the road today learned the trade through this man’s time, patience and love of trucks. Sunday afternoons would find him in front of the television, watching NASCAR races, with his constant companions, Dusty and Alf, and Sunday nights, discussing the finer points of the race with friends and family! He will be sadly missed by his family and all those whose lives he touched. Charlie is survived by his wife of 41 years, Donna of Clinton; his children, Melissa and Rick Gallagher of Milo, Timothy and Brenda Philpot of Garland, Linda Vail of Bradford, Melanie and Greg Nichols of Corinth, Charles E. and Candace Philpot of MayKing, Ky., and Clint and Valerie Philpot of Bradford. He also leaves family members, Charlene Jones of Bradford, Madeline and Garland Lancaster of Texas, Helen Pierce and Kenneth Manning of Vermont, Judith and Albert Monroe of Vermont, Leola Pearl of Dexter, Elwood Estes of Milo, David and Jean Estes of West Virginia, Linda and Sylvan Moe of Massachusetts and Laurie Estes of Chicago; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends. Friends are invited to visit with the family 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.

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