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.
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.
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Published by Daily Press from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2010.