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02/12/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Keith Phillips

Edwin Keith Phillips, Jr.
(14 June 1922 - 10 Feb 2010)

Newport News High School Class of 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Friday morning.      Keith Phillips, Class of 1939, former CEO of Benson-Phillips Company, Inc., passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at the age of 87.

From the Daily Press - 02/12/10:

               Edwin K. Phillips, Jr.

  NEWPORT NEWS - Edwin Keith Phillips Jr., died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010.

He was born June 14, 1922, in Newport News.

He graduated from Newport News High School and matriculated at the Virginia Military Institute in 1939, earning a degree in civil engineering in 1943. He served in the South Pacific during World War II, returning in 1946 to his family owned business, Benson-Phillips Company, Inc. He retired as CEO in 1984.

Mr. Phillips was active in community affairs, serving on the Board of United Virginia Bank as well as the American Bank. He played a leading role in the Peninsula's Junior Achievement program and was a founder and Trustee of Hampton Roads Academy.
Keith Phillips
He was one of the founders of St. Matthew's Anglican Church. Prior to that, he served on the Vestry at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. One of his cherished memories was serving as the Chairman of the St. Andrew's School Board for a number of years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Keith Phillips Sr. and Ruth Herr Phillips; as well as his daughter, Elizabeth Sydney Pearson.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy; his children, Christopher K. Phillips (Deborah), Katherine Ann Phillips Feldl (Eric), and John S. Phillips (Crystal); four stepchildren, William Greene, Peggy Greene, Edmund Schoeffler and William Schoeffler; three grandchildren, Ruth Elizabeth Rowen Floch, Christopher K. Phillips Jr., and Samantha Brookman; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Virginia Military Institute Foundation, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, VA 24450, or to a charity of your choice.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
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Published in the Daily Press from February 12 to February 13, 2010.

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February 12, 2010

Dear Phillips Family, So very sad to hear about Mr. Phillips. He was a very good man, and friend. I loved to talk with him; every time we met, he had so many stories to tell. I will miss him. Our prayers go out to you. GOD SPEED!

~ David & Debbie Lloyd, Newport News, Virginia 

February 12, 2010

Am sorry for your sorrows. I know he will be missed by all. Keith was a good friend and I will not forget the good he did for all. It was a blessing to know him and he will be missed by the whole community.

~ Carl Mahady, Newport News, Virginia

February 12, 2010

To the Family of Edwin K. Phillips, Jr.

May loving memories comfort you at this time. John and Crystal, my prayers are with you.

With deepest sympathy,

~ Rachel Battles, Mitchellville, Maryland

February 12, 2010

Chris - Please know that my thoughts are with you. I suspect that we share a common trait - great "old man" stories. You were fortunate, as was I.

~ Mark Ailsworth

February 12, 2010

Dear Chris & Family,
Joyce & I were so saddened to hear of the loss of your father. I go back a long ways with Keith. My first job, when I graduated from college, was with your beloved Dad and Grandfather. Both of them were instrumental in setting a firm foundation in regards to work ethics, fairness, honesty and above all, enthusiasm. Yes, I can hear “Cap” now saying, “son if I can teach you only one thing, it would be enthusiasm”! Many times throughout my career, I have reflected back on the invaluable advice from both your Dad and Granddad. On several occasions, over the years, I had the pleasure of talking with your dad and it was always great to see him and reminisce about earlier times. May the sadness in your hearts today soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together, as you celebrate a life well lived. Our community has lost, once again, another great man! His leadership and integrity will surely be missed.

Bob and Joyce Dick

~ Robert & Joyce Dick, Newport News, Virginia

February 12, 2010

My deepest sympathy to your family.

~ Denise Nadasen, Greenbelt, Maryland

February 12, 2010

Dear Christopher, Deborah, Lucy and remaining family members.
What a sad day in Feb for us all. I'm so sorry to have learned of Uncle Keith leaving us. He is however, in a much better place. Being again with those who have gone before him and rejoicing in seeing them and our Lord. How lucky a man is he! He has left quite a legacy here by his family and all good works he has done serving others not as fortunate as he. He will be missed by many and through him and his heirs his love with continue to live and shine on to others. In loving prayers.

~ Lucy

February 12, 2010

We are sorry to hear of your dad's passing. The loss of a parent is hard and often does not seem fair. The memories and the love in your heart never leave.

~ Tomeka and Bob Williams, Newport News, Virginia

February 12, 2010

To the family of Edwin Phillips,
I want to send my condolences. I worked for Peninsula Family skating center off and on for about 8 years, I think. I loved what I did and it helped me with my customer service experience. Mr. Phillips always had kind words to say to me. I met a lot of fun people by working at the rink, including coworkers and the people I entertained. May God rest his soul and you all find peace. Remember earth has no sorrow that Heaven cant heal. Peace and God's blessings

~ Chris aka Heavy Banks, Newport News, Virginia

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February 12, 2010

Dear Mrs. Phillips: You and your family are in the hearts and prayers of all your friends at the Deli. Mr. Phillips always had a smile on his face and loved to "tease" employees when he'd come into Danny's. He will certainly be missed by not only all of us, but everyone that knew him. We hope to see you soon. Love,

~ Bill and Debbie Vaccarelli & staff, Danny's Deli, Newport News, Virginia
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February 13, 2010

We were sad to read of Keith's passing. He was such a fine person and always a pleasure to see. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you hoping that time will ease the pain of your loss.
Bev and A.C. Pulliam, Jr.

~ Bev and A.C. Pulliam, Jr.

February 13, 2010

Chris and family, Many happy memories working for your father and grandfather. I'm sure he will be missed by all. Ed Gwaltney

~ Ed Gwaltney, Hampton, Virginia

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February 13, 2010

To the family of Keith Phillips: We were so saddened to hear of his passing. He was such a fine gentleman, always smiling and friendly with a good word for everyone. We will miss him greatly as I'm sure you and the rest of the community will as well. Our prayers are with you.

~ Bud and Sandy Schuler, Newport News, Virginia

February 13, 2010

Dear Peggy and Bill,
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My sincere sympathy to your family.

~ Karen Warren, Deltona Lakes, Florida

February 13, 2010

I have a lot of fond memories of Mr. Phillips visiting my family often when I was young. We will miss him very much. He was kind, magnanimous -- a wonderful gentleman. My condolences to Mrs. Phillips and to the rest of the family.

~ Peter Stephens, Ashburn, Virginia
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February 14, 2010

Dear Mrs. Phillips and family,
Please know how saddened I was to hear of Mr. Phillips' passing. He was such a kind man. I always looked for to seeing the "six of you" back in the 80's each week for dinner.
You and yours are in my prayers. Peace of the Lord be with you...

~ Barbara E. Tyner, Lumberton, North Carolina

February 14, 2010

Chris- I share the sadness that you and your family are now experiencing. Your dad was a wonderful person & a pleasure to know{especially in later years}. Whiting

~ Whiting Chisman, Hampton, Virginia


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Phillips family at this time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Thine Be the Glory

Words by Edmond Louis Budry
(30 Aug 1854 - 12 Nov 1932)

Music by George Frideric Handel, 1947
(23 Feb 1685 - 14 Apr 1759)


Thine be the glory, risen, conq’ring Son;
Endless is the vict'ry, Thou o’er death hast won;
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes where Thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
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Let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
For her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

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Make us more than conq’rors, through Thy deathless love:
Bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

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