Phillip Mitchell Landrum, Jr., of Jasper, Ga., passed away in his home February 15, 2023. He was 85 years old. He is survived by his spouse of 60 years, Elaine Sayers Landrum; his son and daughter-in-law, Phillip M. Landrum, III and Crystal Landrum; his daughter and son-in-law, Laura Landrum Maguire and Kevin Maguire, and grandchildren Susan Helaina Landrum, Sarah Patricia Maguire, and Charlotte Claire Maguire. He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip M. Landrum, Sr. and Laura Brown Landrum, his sister Susan Landrum, his Springer Spaniel Ellie, his Labrador retrievers Gypsy and Buck, and his English Setter Pat.The Georgia Marble Company hired Phil’s dad, Phil, Sr., as the principal of the company’s school in Nelson where his wife, Laura, also taught. Phil Sr. and Laura lived in the dormitory the school provided for its staff when Phil Jr. was born. By all accounts, he was an unholy terror in the dormitory and surrounding environs, and it was with a collective sigh of relief when World War II saw Phil Sr. enlist in the Army Air Corps and Laura move back to her family’s home in Dewy Rose, Georgia, with her young son and many sisters. Phil Jr.’s failure to murder any of his aunts, most particularly the youngest one, Miriam, during this time led to a life free of any felony convictions.Phil eventually enrolled in the University of Georgia to play baseball, and after obtaining a one-year degree in excessive partying, he was enrolled in The Citadel by Phil Sr. He found success and an identity at The Citadel which was recognized by its administration in naming him Fourth Battalion Commander, and more importantly to him, recognized by his classmates in naming him commander of The Summerall Guards, the elite drill team selected from the rising senior class.After graduating from The Citadel in 1959, he joined the U. S. Army and became a Pathfinder and Ranger instructor. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Elaine, and married her in Columbus, Georgia in 1962 (after explaining to Elaine’s grandmother that he was going to marry Elaine whether or not she approved).Against his better judgment, he left the Army and went to Emory University where he obtained the law degree that eventually led him to a thirty-plus-year law practice in Jasper, Georgia, that he shared with his sister, Susan, and son, Phil III.However, as many judges, colleagues, and staff will attest – especially his late sister – the out of doors interested him far more than law books, particularly when the out of doors led to hunting bobwhite quail or pheasant or pulling the occasional redfish from Appalachiacola Bay.He will be missed.Funeral Services will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 18, 2023 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory with Reverend Max Caylor officiating. The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Friday, February 17, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, make donations in honor of Mr. Landrum to Camp Sunshine – mycampsunshine.com; St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital – stjude.org; Cure Childhood Cancer – Curechildhoodcancer.org.Arrangements are entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.