Joe Phillips Memorial Scholarship
Joe Phillips grew up in Davie County where he spent his childhood riding motorbikes and bicycles, shooting guns, listening to music, and playing guitar. A true non-conformist, Joe marched to the beat of his own drum. He had little concern for what others thought of what he wore or the cars he drove.
Joe’s son, Eric, remembers his father’s fun-loving personality fondly. “I remember watching Tom and Jerry with him. I loved watching and listening to him laugh uncontrollably at Tom the cat taking a frying pan to the head,” Eric said. “When it snowed he would take us to some parking lot and do donuts in our red Pinto station-wagon. I felt incredibly lucky to have a father and friend like him. He was the best friend and father a boy could have. I used to say that when he was alive too.”
Joe had a passion for music and the arts. Eric grew up listening to his dad play the guitar for as long as he can remember. Joe would often play at small venues in and around Mocksville. He was also an active volunteer at the Arts Council and enjoyed participating in their events.
Joe Phillips was a one-of-a-kind man who brought a special energy and passion to the lives of his family and friends. His son Eric started the Joe Phillips Memorial Scholarship as a way to give back to students in memory of his father’s life. The scholarship fund will remain in Davie County forever, continuing to assist young people who share in Joe’s passion for music and the arts. Click here to make a donation to the Joe Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund.