When death came last Friday to J. Philip Waring, at age 85, it brought to an end the rich life of an Augustan whose wide range of civic activities and abiding faith in God were an inspiration to many.
A decorated World War II Army veteran who later became a widely known social worker, journalist and historian, Phil Waring was always a voice of reason who worked to foster communication and goodwill between the races in our community. Sensitive to the distress and needs of others, he gave without stint of his time and talents to their alleviation, working with organizations ranging from the Shiloh Community Center to the Urban League.
It was in 1939 when Waring helped co-found the library on Laney Walker Boulevard now known as the Wallace Branch. Later, the tireless social worker organized a professional business group and Augusta's first black history committee.
Our entire community has suffered a loss in this man's death, but it is a far better one for his having been a part of it.