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jjeter commented about Carpenter Theatre on Sep 5, 2010 at 6:11 am

My uncle John J. Phillips, born 1905 in Lynchburg was a well known figure in Lynchburg for his musical talents. He played organ for theater and churches, taught music, was active with the YMCA, played in several bands. The one we can document with photos was “the Vagabonds.” In 1930 census, we was working in Winston Salem NC as a theater organist. It evidently was a short term position.

At his death, there was a tribute written in the newspaper by a long time friend that stated Uncle John had played organ for the Richmond Loews theater. It seems it would have had to be the very late 1920’s, or the early 1930’s.

If anyone can either prove or disprove his working in Richmond, I would be very happy to hear from them. He lived a very quiet personal life, was modest and unassuming. He never married, so no family to pass on the stories. Thanks. Jim Phillips