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Philip Marcus Shope Sr.

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June 27, 1941 — May 12, 2020

BUTNER — Philip Marcus Shope Sr., 78, died May 12, 2020, at his home after several months of failing health.

He was born June 27, 1941, in Louisburg to the late William Irving Shope and Elizabeth Jane Rucker Shope.

He graduated from Sanford High School and went on to Campbell College where he received a business management degree. His work career began at John Umstead Hospital as the budget officer. He left that position to sell real estate and remained there until he became owner of Professional Striping and Sealcoating Inc., from which he retired Oct. 31, 2019. Philip never met a stranger! He exuded a vibrant, gregarious personality intermingled with charm and “devilish demeanor.” He enjoyed woodworking and excelled in making and gifting beautiful pieces of furniture for his family and friends. He also loved wildlife, especially bluebirds, and recently had started building bluebird houses and gifting those. He enjoyed fishing, then invited friends in to share his success on the lake. Finally, he was a gifted golfer and won many local tournaments.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Faye Shope.

Surviving are his two sons, Philip Marcus “Marc” Shope Jr. (Wendy) of Raleigh and William Corbett Shope (Mary) of Cary; his grandchildren, Lindsey, Sarah, Landri and Ryan; his stepsons, Arnold Wyrick (Kathy) of Mebane and Brad Wyrick (Lois) of Hillsborough; his step-grandson, Ruffin Wyrick; his brother, Richard Shope of Greensboro; his sister, Cynthia McTyre of South Hill, Virginia; and his “doggie-daughter, Maggie Sue,” who he adored.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a private memorial service will be held later.