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RHODES, Philip Philip Alexander Rhodes, September 12, 2009. Born Atlanta, Georgia, April 22, 1916. Attended Emory University, then the University of Georgia, where he graduated in 1938 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Served as quartermaster in the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific and the Philippines. Married Edith Claire Goodman of Miami June 24, 1941. Upon resuming civilian life in 1946, he started a new office supplies division of the S.P. Richards Paper Co. in Atlanta. Under his leadership, S.P. Richards attained national scope and stature. He continued as its president until his retirement in 1984. Because of their influence in his early life, he was a vigorous and lifelong supporter of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, helping to organize a number of new clubs. He also actively supported the Atlanta Symphony, the Atlanta High Museum of Art, the Dekalb Training Center, the University of South Carolina-Beaufort Loggerhead Turtle Project, and the Open Door Community, among others. He was also an active Episcopalian layman in the Church of the Atonement (Atlanta), St. Helena's Church (Beaufort, SC), and Grace Church (Port Orange, FL). He held the Order of the Arrow in the Boy Scouts of America and was both Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster. He was an avid camper and an even more avid fisherman and golfer. He is survived by his sons, Alec and Steve, his grandchildren David, Martha, Caitlin, and Nathan, his great-grandchildren Josh, Jake and Jesse, and his great-great-grandson, Landon, and his very dear friend Kate Meik. Phil Rhodes will be remembered as an extremely generous and modest man who did what he saw as right with little fanfare. He was a rare human being and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, or a local Boys and Girls Club. A memorial service will be held at a future date at St. Helena's Church, Beaufort, SC.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2009
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