Mildred "Vikki" Phillips Southern

September 18, 1938April 2, 2021
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Mildred “Vikki” Elizabeth (Phillips) Southern, 82, passed away at home in the loving care of her devoted husband and caregiver, Roy, and her family, on Good Friday, April 2, 2021 after years of declining health due to Alzheimer’s. She was a devoted wife, encouraging mother, fun-loving grandmother, devoted sister, and loyal friend. Vikki recognized and fostered the potential in others. She was a gardener of plants and people. Being on the receiving end of her big, broad smile and the twinkle in her eyes was to feel warm and loved. Vikki’s life will be celebrated at 3 PM, April 10, 2021 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church with the Reverend John Fair officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 2pm and again following the 3pm Funeral Service. All events will be at the church. Vikki was born September 18, 1938, in Guilford County, to the late Lawrence and Myrtle Lowe Phillips, and raised in a rural community where faith, hard work, and dedication to family and community were etched in her character. As a young girl of fourteen, she attended a picnic at Battleground Park with her parents and met the boy she would marry. Vikki and Roy married in 1957 and loved and celebrated almost 64 years together. Vikki was a proud Air Force wife and mother of four. Roy’s Air Force career took him to Asia, but the family was stationed in Hawaii and San Antonio where she worked for many years in Civil Service. She knew that when one person serves in the military the whole family serves. After his retirement in 1975, they returned to Greensboro. Vikki had a successful career from 1977 to 1999 with the IRS where she started as an administrator and retired as a facilities manager, responsible for all offices in eastern NC. After retirement, she and Roy earned their real estate licenses. Vikki found a new passion in real estate going above and beyond to help first time home buyers and she loved guiding clients through the complicated process. More than anything else, she is remembered for her infectious smile, her great hugs, her generosity, her selfless service, and her unwavering dedication to family, friends, clients, and those less fortunate. Vikki loved God and lived her faith through service and prayer. Through their travels she was a valued member of many churches and she and Roy have been active and faithful members of Ebenezer Lutheran Church since 2007. In her healthier days, she enthralled her grandchildren with her extemporaneous stories of the adventures of her created character “Smish Smash” and never missed a chance to attend a game or concert or special event for them. She loved the ocean, and family and friends all will treasure memories of numerous retreats to the NC coast. Vikki was an avid gardener and spent hours tending her plants and flowers creating an oasis at their home and enjoyed being a member of the Greensboro and the Stoney Creek Garden Clubs. She leaves behind her husband, Roy, of Whitsett; children, Sabrina Roi Southern, of New Bern and Kaiserslautern, Germany; and Julene Valitutto and husband, Richard, of Greensboro; Reverend Donald Southern and wife, Crystal, of Siler City; Wylie Southern and wife, Mary, of Greensboro; grandchildren, Richard Valitutto II, John (Kathleen) Valitutto, Alexander (Ashley) Valitutto, Caroline Valitutto, Morgan Southern, Sarah Southern, Rachel Southern, Hannah Southern, and Grayson Southern; great-grandsons, John Conway Valitutto and Henry Royce Valitutto. Also surviving is her sister, Margaret Bailey, of Elon; her sisters-in-law, Jeanette Brammer, of Graham, and Marie Southern and brother-in-law Richard Southern, of Elon, and many others whom she loved, including nieces and nephews and a large extended family. In addition to her parents, her brother William Phillips preceded her in death. Vikki’s family would like to thank caregiver Pam Smith, and AuthoraCare (Burlington) for their kind and tender care of Vikki during this last year and the declining days of her illness. Memorial contributions may be directed to AuthoraCare Collective, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405 or Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 310 S. Tremont Drive, Greensboro, NC 27403. Online condolences may be offered at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel is assisting the Southern Family.


  • Lawrence & Myrtle Lowe Phillips, Parents (deceased)
  • Roy Clarence Southern Jr., Husband
  • Sabrina Roi Southern, Daughter
  • Julene Valitutto and husband Richard, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Reverend Donald Southern & wife Crystal, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Wylie Southern & wife Mary, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Margaret Bailey, Sister
  • William Phillips, Brother (deceased)
  • Jeanette Brammer & Marie Southern, Sisters-in-law
  • Also surviving are her grandchildren, Richard Valitutto II, John (Kathleen) Valitutto, Alexander (Ashley) Valitutto, Carline Valitutto, Morgan Southern, Sarah Southern, Rachel Southern, Hannah Southern, and Grayson Southern; great-grandsons, John Conway Valitutto and Henry Royce Valitutto and many others whom she loved, including nieces and nephews and a large extended family.

  • AuthoraCare Collective
  • Ebenezer Lutheran Church


  • The family will receive friends prior to and after the service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Saturday, April 10, 2021



Mildred "Vikki" Phillips Southern

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Angie Southern Walker

April 11, 2021

I remember Aunt Vikki so well from my childhood....she always had a beautiful smile and taught me at an early age a lesson in kindness and compassion. The last time I saw her was at Jay's Deli at Friendly Center with my Uncle Roy, Aunt Marie and Uncle Richard. that was in 2012. Aunt Vikki looked so beautiful and elegant as always. I will always remember her fondly and my heart goes out to my dear Uncle Roy, Sabrina, Wylie, Donald, Julene and all of Vikki's precious grandbabies, & great grandbabies. Heaven has truly gained an angel...

Pat Morgan

April 9, 2021

Love and prayers!
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Pat Morgan

April 9, 2021

So sorry about the loss of your loved one. Praying for you.

Lynne Gladstone

April 7, 2021

Vikki - Always loved, forever remembered.

Mike & Tammy Nichols

April 6, 2021

Sending hugs and prayers to the family!
Aunt Vikki was such a kind soul. She had a smile, a hug and a kind word for everyone.
She will be truly missed by all who knew her.
I hope her memory and legacy bring much comfort to all whose hearts she touched.

Kay Baker-Davis

April 5, 2021

I have so many memories of when we were classmates in high school. My thoughts and prayers are with Roy and her family. Peace be with you in the coming days and months. Rest In Peace my old friend. 🙏🌹

Dee Ann Guynn

April 4, 2021

Roy, to you and your family. Will have great memories of Vicki. Please know that Bruce and I will always have the your family in our hearts. Bruce and Dee Guynn

Martha Curtis

April 4, 2021

Deepest condolences to you Roy and your family. Vikki knew me as Martha May when we worked together and she was a dear friend. My heart, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. May you find peace knowing she is in our maker’s care now.
Martha Curtis

Rose Marshall

April 3, 2021

Roy, you and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Vicki and I worked together so many years ago. She was such a lovely lady. She was a positive influence to all those who worked with her and whom she managed. You and her family were the love of her life. Each of you must have special memories you will never forget and always cherish. My each of you find comfort in knowing that she is whole again and at peace and with our Lord and Savior.

Sharon Ingold

April 3, 2021

Aunt Vicky always had a smile and a hug for us. Her memory will be cherished. Lifting the family up with prayers.