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Wharf Hill United Methodist Church
Saturday April 14th, 2018

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Ridgelawn Cemetery
Saturday April 14th, 2018

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Elmer Lewis Phillippi

Fort Mill, SC

Elmer Lewis Phillippi, age 91, passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at The Haven in Charlotte, NC.

Elmer was born March 9, 1926 in Smyth County to the late Edward F. Phillippi and Lulu J. Pickle Philippi. He attended and graduated from Sugar Grove High School in 1944. He was a proud veteran of the Army - Air Corps who honorably served his country. Elmer was trained as an aerial photographer which served him later in life as a career photographer. He worked for Dave Greer in Marion, VA from 1946-1951. He then joined Delmar Studios and served as a District Manager until he retired in 1991. He loved to work outside and take landscape pictures of Smyth County. He was a loving husband, dad, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all who knew him.

Elmer was a member of Rye Valley Ruritan Club, American Legion (chapter member) – Martin Ross Post, life member of the Virginia Archeology Society, Scout Master for 20 years and a member of Wharf Hill United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Mary Jo Dutton Phillippi; one sister, Dorothy Hall; and three brothers, Edward, Richard and Charles Phillippi.

Elmer is survived by one daughter, Pam Harrington of Fort Mill, SC; one son, Mark Phillippi and wife, Lisa of Fort Mill, SC; four grandchildren, Chris Harrington, Cayce Emanuel, Scott Phillippi, Ethan Phillippi; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Wharf Hill United Methodist Church, 5522 Sugar Grove Highway, Sugar Grove, Va. 24375 with the Reverend Mike Dixon officiating. Burial will follow in Ridgelawn Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by Francis Marion VFW Post #4667. The family will receive friends at Wharf Hill United Methodist Church after the burial. 

Expression of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Elmer Lewis Phillippi. 

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Im sorry for your loss. May the memories you have of happy times spent with your grandfather fill your hearts and minds, and ease the pain of losing one so dear.

Suellen Rose Apr 13 2018 12:00 AM

Pam - I am so sorry about your dad's passing. He was so loved. He is thought often by Bill and I. He took our wedding pictures 50 years ago and was Bill's Scout leader. Our thoughts will be with you and your family through this sad time.

Iris Pafford Barker Apr 7 2018 12:00 AM

So very sorry to hear if Elmers passing. I have wonderful memories of him and AV ONeal and the fabulous photographery they performed. I spend much time with them both and always enjoyed Elmers laugh. He has preserved many memories that will continue to last and be treasured by his capturing them in photographs. Thank you for allowing us the honor of knowing such a fine man.

Tabatha Stevens Seymore Apr 7 2018 12:00 AM

Mark, Pam and family. I know its been awhile but please know you all were in my thoughts and prayers when I heard the news Mr. Elmer had passed. I truly thought so much of both your Mom and Dad. Your Dad always was so happy and you could tell he loved working with all the kids in school for picture day. Such good childhood memories for me. Cherish all the great memories you all shared.

Bethany (Rosenbaum) Husson Apr 7 2018 12:00 AM

Many wonderful memories of him. I attended high school at Rich Valley and he was our school photographer. Our cheerleading squad even went to his house to have group and individual pictures made my senior year. My favorite picture was under the big tree in his yard. He was always so pleasant and a lot of fun to be around. My prayers go out to you. Debby K Honaker

Debby K Honaker Apr 7 2018 12:00 AM

Have fond memories of Mr Phillippi doing school pictures at rich valley elementary. May God comfort you, in your time of loss. Jo Greer

Jo Smith Greer Apr 7 2018 12:00 AM

Such a a nice, nice man. He worked so hard with the children and they would get excited to see him and get their picture taken( and get out of class) it's not the same anymore. RIP Mr. Phillips, you did a great job.

Connie Harris Apr 6 2018 12:00 AM

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