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Phillips Hungerford, former Greenville business leader, died April 9th, 2014. He resided at his family home, Gilreath Mill in Greer. He was 85.

He was born in Greenville on July 3, 1928, to Earline Gilreath Hungerford White and Leslie Phillips Hungerford. His father was employed by Southern Railway, and his family moved frequently in this youth. His formative education began at The Haverford School in Philadelphia and was completed at Lake Forest Academy in Chicago. After, he was graduated from Princeton University in 1951 with a degree in economics.

In the fall of 1951, Phil was married to Julie Robinson of Greenville on September 8th, and reported to duty to serve in the United State Marine Corps on September 10th. In 1953, he returned home to Greenville with Julie and their growing family. He started a banking career that would span nearly a quarter century, first at Peoples National Bank, and then as founder and President of First Piedmont Bank and Trust.

Phil left banking in the late 1970's, returning to school, earning a degree in City and Regional Planning at Clemson University. He embarked on a second career in urban development, consulting with Research Triangle Institute of Raleigh, North Carolina. He worked on international development projects through USAID.

Phil was civic minded, playing leadership roles with the Greenville Symphony, the YMCA, Greenville Arts Festival and the NC Outward Bound. He was an active member of Christ Church.

Phil was a man of great energy and imagination, and was a great sportsman, competing in the Scottish Highland Games at Furman into his 80's.

Phil is survived by his brother, Homer Hungerford, and was predeceased by his sister Earline Hungerford. He is survived by his daughter, Grace Hungerford Pearson married to Jonathan Pharr Pearson of Brevard, NC, a son, Earle Gilreath Hungerford married to Margaret Coker Hungerford, and by his daughter Margaret Barrow Hungerford of Atlanta, GA. He was predeceased by his wife, Julie Sutherland Robinson Hungerford, and his sons James Robinson Hungerford and Leslie Phillips (Flip) Hungerford II.

His eight grandchildren are Grace Hungerford Trail married to Ryan Williams Trail of Greenville, John Phillips Hungerford married to Shannon Megison Hungerford of Mt. Pleasant and Stella Hungerford Ramsey married to Benjamin Ramsey of Greenville; Jonathan Pharr Pearson of Vail, CO, James Robinson Pearson of New York, Thomas Edgar Pearson of Vail, CO and Mayson Gilreath Pearson of Austin, TX; and Perry Wynne Hungerford of Greenville. He is also survived by five great grandchildren, Holmes, Ellis, and Mackey Trail, Shannon and Bert Hungerford and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the YMCA of Greenville, Camp Greenville or McCall Hospice House. A special thanks from the Hungerford family is given to his in-house caretakers from Open Arms Hospice, to his caregivers at the McCall Hospice House and to his nephew, Andrew Hungerford.

Mackey Mortuary, 311 Century Drive.


Published in The Greenville News from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2014
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