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Woody Funeral Home-Atlee Chapel

9271 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville, VA

OBITUARY

Russell Keith Phillips

October 20, 1956July 18, 2019
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Russell Keith Phillips, 62, of Hanover, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 18, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Doris Phillips. He is survived by his wife of 16.5 years, Ouida Phillips; children, Alissa Phillips and Kimberly Marzullo (Adam); siblings, Amos Phillips (Gayle), Charles Phillips (Brenda) and Brian Phillips (Naomi); niece, Kelly Phillips; as well as a host of friends who will all miss him dearly. Keith was an avid boater and private pilot. He loved spending time with his family and dog, Buddy. A memorial service will be held at 3pm on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Cool Spring Baptist Church, 9283 Atlee Station Rd., Mechanicsville Va 23116. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Richmond SPCA or the Hanover Humane Society.

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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Jackie Bendrick

July 28, 2019

Ouida, I am so sorry to hear about Keith, my heart just breaks....just seeing you two walking Buddy always put a smile on my face each time. The friendly hellos and rubs for Buddy will always be a cherished memory of mind. Prayers for strength my friend, anything I can do to help just contact me. Many many hugs!

Peter Whaley

July 25, 2019

Kieth was a good man, a friend, and provider. His works created a home, not only for his family, but for his friends and employees and for this he has me deepest respect.

Kieth gave me one of my first jobs over 20 years ago. In doing so he connected me with many my dearest friends and fondest memories. My work for him afforded me a path to pay my way through collage and from there build a life and family I cherish as he does his own. I wish I would have thanked him more for this.

I can’t help but cry as I write this. Not so much for the inevitable return of perception we all must make, but for the loss of a man who saw past the clay faces and armored hearts of his fellow man and offered what we all are in search of, acceptance.

To Kieth’s kids, wife, and family, know he was a kind and good man who only took what he earned and gave back so much more.

Lucas Hall

July 24, 2019

I remember when I told Keith I needed to step down as the full time General Manager and pursue my acting career. From that moment on, Keith was one of the most supportive people in my life. He saw nearly every theatre performance, as well as every television show, and film I was in. The only people who’ve supported me more are my Mom and my wife. I desperately hope he knows just how very much his support meant to me. I continued to work part time for Keith until he sold the stores and I ‘retired’ from the pizza business.

Over the next twenty years I had the privilege to call Keith my friend. We had countless poker nights, dinners, cookouts, (needless to say, a few Coronas), and tennis matches (most of which I lost). I was overjoyed to watch Keith and Ouida at their lovely wedding ceremony. In 2009 I was honored when Keith served as a groomsman in my wedding.

Keith was among a very select few of my dearest friends to make the trek to South Carolina to be there the day I married the love of my life. Most of my family, save for my Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother-in-law and nieces, for numerous legitimate reasons or just a lack of interest, didn’t make that trip. I say this because it is just one of the many examples of why I was privileged to call Keith, not just my friend, but what we refer to as “the family we choose”. I am better for having known him.

Lucas Hall

July 24, 2019

I was just a 17 year old kid when I met Keith. I remember being somewhat intimidated, at first, having to work shifts with the owner. That quickly faded given Keith’s sense of humor along with his appreciation for and nurturing of my work ethic (which my amazing parents had instilled in me). I loved making Keith proud of my work. I worked hard so that, when I was scheduled to leave, I’d done every one of my CSR tasks without Keith having to make me redo anything after he’d inspected behind my work.

I spent the next two years working for Keith. Moving from a Customer Service Representative to the Customer Service Manager to a Delivery Driver to an Assistant Manager and, finally, at the ripe old age of 19, the General Manager. Keith trusted me. He put his faith in me. I can’t begin to tell you how much that meant to me. That faith in me has, and will, follow me thru every facet of my professional life.
I’d love going over the weekly and monthly P&L reports with Keith. Since we were keeping the food and labor costs down, we were making some darn good money. That said, I worked 80-96 hours a week. I vividly remember one Sunday night I was working with Keith, him as the closing manager, me as the opening manager AND the closing driver as someone had called out. Keith and I often had some great late-night chats after we’d closed and finished the books and the cleaning. I remember that particular Sunday night I’d done a 90+ hour week and, as I was salaried, our labor numbers were outstanding. Keith’s response was different than you might expect from for-profit business owner. He told me he didn’t want me to work so much. He said he was worried about my health…imagine that. I’m working SO hard to make this man profit and what he cares about is ME? NOT just his bottom line but me?!? I will NEVER forget the talk we had that night. Yeah, profits matter, but Keith showed me that night that he cared about people and that family mattered more.

Sheri Meade

July 23, 2019

I ordered my most favorite of all time BBQ from Mr. Phillips at Alexander's BBQ at the end of June and I told him how much I loved the BBQ. I visited the restaurant frequently. He was a soft spoken man and I could tell he loved working at the restaurant. I wanted to buy some BBQ to freeze and he said, oh but it's just so much better to come in and pick it up fresh. He had a sweet smile and was just so friendly. I will miss seeing him and buying my BBQ from him. I send prayers to his family, friends and co-workers. May all the memories of his life comfort you during this very difficult time.

Ron Wood

July 23, 2019

Sorry to hear you passed, I went to work for you around 1990. We never really chatted a lot. But I respected you a lot. You always wanted the best for your customers. You made sure every pizza looked great. Big bubble while cooking, We remade the pizza. Always the extra step that most would ignore. One thing I value and still do is how clean and neat the store was. Floors washed every night. Manager (Tripp) staying late to wax it. And everything cleaned and sanitized each night. Thank you for my kick start job, It taught me the correct way to work and I learned a lot. I do miss the pizza's that didn't live up to your standards, just meant you fed us a lot. (HAHA) Hope your new journey finds you safe, happy and with your loved ones that took the journey before you. May you rest in peace.

Linda Hart

July 21, 2019

Dear Ouida,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at the loss of your precious husband, Russell. Patricia has kept me up to date on his struggle and you continue to be in my prayers. May your heart find comfort in the prayers of those who loved him and love you, your faith, family, and friends.

Roger Viverette

July 20, 2019

Keith’s first wife was my sister. They got married at a very young age, anyway I got to know Keith when he was just out of high school. We put in tobacco together with his dad. We worked together on a public job. I use to kid him about how long it took him to finish college only later to take probably longer myself.
Keith was a good guy, hard worker. I’ve not seen him in many years but I’m sorry he’s gone. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family.

William McDonald

July 20, 2019

Keith was my boss when he had store on railway av in Ashland had some great times he was a awesome boss and a all round great guy .He will be missed my condolences to his family

Scott Lacy

July 20, 2019

In the year 2000, I met Keith upon becoming one of his employees . At the time I was young, and intimidated by his presence when we worked together. I can recall many evenings, most often sunday nights, whereupon my usual routine was prolonged due to my insistence on being perfect in the preformance of my job. I was terrified by the thought that I would muck up something, giving him cause to speak to me as a boss directing one of his idiot employees. On these occasions, when we worked together, I would clean things twice; just to make sure I hadn't left something undone, or missed something, giving Keith a reason to point it out or be disappointed. I can genuinely say that I was afraid of him; the man whose name appeared on my checks wasn't someone I wanted to cross. Over time, as we interacted and became familure with one another, my motivation to be a good employee changed. Keith was a funny man, a decent man, a man that I came to regard not only as an employer, but as a friend. I wanted to do my job to the best of my abilities, not simply because here I was working with the owner, but because here the owner is, this great guy, working alongside me. I respected him as a man, the guy signing my checks, but more than that, as someone I enjoyed being around and was privileged enough to know. I've heard stories, and seen for myself how Keith helped people when they needed something, and I know that the impact he made in the lives of many people is something that will not be forgotten. I can speak for everyone that I know that worked for and with him, by saying that, since he sold the store it hasent been the same, and in these past few years we have all missed his presence; as a boss, and as an individual who made work like being among friends. To KP: from dominos, from Ashland, from your crew, and from this guy that used to be scared he was gonna forget to clean the catch trays, or flush the makeline, we love you always and we 'll be missing you.

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