Winnie Morrison Phillips, 98, formerly of York, SC, widow of David G. “Dode” Phillips, III, died Sunday April 22, 2018 at Hospice Care of the Piedmont in Greenwood, SC.
Born in York, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Walter Dixon Morrison and Laura Jenkins Morrison.
Mrs. Phillips was a life-long member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. She was active in local and Synod-wide ministries of the church, and served on Synod’s Stewardship Committee and Bonclarken’s Board of Advisors.
Mrs. Phillips graduated from York High School and earned a bachelors degree from Erskine College, Due West, South Carolina. Prior to returning to her alma mater in 1957 as alumni director, she was employed by the Federal Reserve Bank, Charlotte, North Carolina, and served with the American Red Cross during World War II. Returning to York, she organized and was executive director of the York County TB Association. She served as president of the SC Council of TB Workers.
During Mrs. Phillips 16 years as alumni director at Erskine College, the Living Endowment annual giving program earned eight national awards from the American Alumni Council and U. S. Steel Foundation. In accepting these accolades, Mrs. Phillips always gave credit to the many alumni, parents and friends for Erskine’s success in earning these awards.
Erskine honored Mrs. Phillips with the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award in 1972, the Board of Counselors Chairman’s Award in 1992, and the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1993.
In 1973, Mrs. Phillips joined the staff of Ward, Dreshman and Reinhardt, professional fund-raising consultants of Columbus, Ohio, were she also served as a member of the WD&R board of directors. During her 17 years with the firm, philanthropic campaigns took her from coast to coast, raising funds for private colleges, churches and community projects.
Mrs. Phillips was active in establishing the Due West Retirement Center and served on the Board of Directors for 12 years. As a volunteer, she helped establish the Ebenezer Foundation and led fund-raising campaigns for both Carlisle Nursing Center and the Wellness Center. The Board of Directors named the Conference Room in Carlisle in honor of Mrs. Phillips.
Mrs. Phillips was a charter member of the Abbeville County Visitors Council and of the Due West Lions Club. She served on the fund-raising committee of the Abbeville/McCormick Habitat for Humanity. Also, she was co-chairman for the “Village Vines” campaign in connection with the streetscape project in Due West.
When Post Polio Syndrome made it impossible for Mrs. Phillips to live alone, she became a resident of the Due West Retirement Center. Participating in the Guidepost “Knit for Kids” program became a rewarding pastime until her death.
Mrs. Phillips is survived by a granddaughter, Dr. Isabel B. Phillips and her husband Peter R. Ramsey; also a grandson, David Gardiner Phillips, V, and his wife Margaret; There are three great-grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth, Isabel and David Gardiner Phillips, VI.
A memorial service will be conducted Tuesday April 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Due West Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Calvin Draffin officiating. There will be a private family burial prior to services. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.