Phillips honored for servicePublished 11:02pm Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Dr. Frankie O. Phillips was recently recognized as one of the headmasters who served the oldest and largest private school in Montgomery during its 55-year history.
To honor Dr. Phillips the school has placed a portrait of him in the administration building.
The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in April. Saint James, organized in 1955 at St. James Methodist Church, now has an enrollment of 1,150 and occupies a 67-acre campus in east Montgomery.
Dr. Phillips, who lives on Old Sparta Road in Conecuh County with his wife, the former Willette Brown, was head of the school from April 1979 to October 1983.
During his tenure, the school's enrollment grew from 600 to 900, and the new campus was acquired under his leadership.
Dr. Phillips, a graduate of W.S. Neal High, has earned degrees from Troy State College, Auburn University and the University of Georgia.
In his retirement, he is serving as a local pastor. He currently pastors the Holly Grove United Methodist Church; and formerly served as pastor of the May Creek United Methodist Church near East Brewton.