The fire department, the state fire marshal’s office, and the Bartow County medical examiner and coroner’s office working together to determine the cause of the fire.
All three children attend North Cobb Christian School in Kennesaw. Todd Clingman, North Cobb’s head of school, sent an email to school parents Friday alerting them to “a devastating tragedy within our school family.” In the message, he confirmed that the two older children were unharmed but said that Walker’s status was unknown and that firemen were unable to enter the home.
“Please stand with us in prayer for this beloved NCCS family,” Clingman wrote.
Former football coach Jim Donnan, gymnastics coach Suzanne Yoculan and the couple’s former Georgia teammates were quickly mobilizing Friday to provide aid and comfort.
Phillips was the last walk-on to start for the Bulldogs at quarterback before Stetson Bennett took over in 2020.
Phillips grew up in Hartwell and starred at Hart County High School before walking on at Georgia. Phillips’ wife, the former Courtney Whittle, is from Dalton and lettered as a UGA gymnast in 1997 and 1998.