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Winnie Morrison Phillips

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.


Due West ARP Church Fellowship Hall
112 N. Main St.
Due West, SC  29639
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
After Services


Memorial Service
Due West ARP Church
112 North Main Street
Due West, SC  29639
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
11:00 AM


Due West ARP Church Cemetery
112 N. Main St.
Due West ,  SC  29639

Memorial Contributions

David G.
PO Box 338,
Due West, SC 29639 Bonclarkin
500 Pine Dr.
Flat Rock, NC 28731

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S.A. Brown Jun 12 2018 12:00 AM

Winnie worked with my husband, George Casey, as a part of the fund-raising firm of Ward, Dreshmann, and Reinhardt, Inc. , for many years. She was delightful person and I always enjoyed getting to visit with her at the annual conferences of the firm. She was a lot of fun to be around, but she was a hard no-nonsense worker as well. After she and George both retired, we kept up through Christmas letters. She enjoyed travelling and visiting with friends and family. She was a gracious lady and I will miss her.

Jerry Casey May 4 2018 12:00 AM

I wanted to express my sympathy on behalf of my family in the passing of Winnie. My late mother, Lily Brooks Johnson Lesslie grew up in Due West and graduated from Erskine. She was a close friend to Winnie and they continued to stay in touch throughout her life. Winnie also had a close loving relationship with my grandmother, Marilla Brooks Johnson, who lived her entire life in Due West. Winnie lived with Marilla for a short period of time. Winnie often referred to Marilla as her "Due West Mother". I have fond memories of our visits with Winnie. Blessings to you!

John A. Lesslie Apr 23 2018 12:00 AM

Winnie was such a great friend to my family, Jack and Anne Alexander. I remember visiting her when we would visit Erskine when I was small. She was a wonderful Alumni Director for the college. My condolences to her family.

Beth Rickenbaugh Apr 23 2018 12:00 AM

Winnie was such a great friend to so many. I'm especially thankful for her friendship with my mother Margaret Brice when they were next door to each other in Wylie Hall at DWRC. They had good times together. I'm sorry I won't be able to be with you on Tuesday.

Carolyn Brice Apr 22 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Phillips Family, My condolences on Winnie's passing. She was special to me. I was the 1985-1989 recipient of the Dode Phillips Scholarship, without which I would not have been able to afford Erskine. Winnie was my "home away from home" during college. We had a special bond because she knew my grandmother (EC Class '42). My husband (also an Erskine grad) and I saw Winnie last November. We enjoyed our visit, and I was amazed that Winnie was as sharp and witty as ever in spite of her physical frailty. I know she was ready to meet her Maker and is rejoicing in His presence now. She made a real impact on my life, and I look forward to seeing her again in the New Heaven and New Earth. Diana

Diana Palecek Apr 22 2018 12:00 AM

Winnie Morrison was one of the most beloved alumni Erskine College had ever had. Her physical limitations never slowed her down representing Erskine's Alumni Association as one of its finest Directors. She was a true friend to many and will be greatly missed.

Maxine Jackson Nesbitt '42 Apr 22 2018 12:00 AM