Phyllis A. Maphis

September 15, 1920 - July 29, 2009

09/15/1920 - 07/29/2009

Past Services

Monday August 03, 2009
10:00 am
St. Aidan's Episcopal Church
3201 Edinburgh Drive
Virginia Beach, VA
Monday August 03, 2009
4:00 pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church Cemetery
7599 Rockfish Gap Turnpike
Greenwood, VA 22943
540-456-6334 | Directions

Phyllis A. Maphis

Virginia Beach – Phyllis A. Maphis, a resident of Virginia Beach since 1987, died of complications from cancer July 29, 2009, at her son’s home in Virginia Beach.

Mrs. Maphis was born in Yancey Mills, Va. on Sept. 15, 1920. She was the daughter of the late John W. and Annie E. Apperson. Her mother was the postmaster for Yancey Mills for a number of years, while her father was the proprietor of the general store. She was very proud of winning the Virginia state high school debating championship in her senior year at Greenwood High, and was an avid bird watcher.

After World War II, she moved to Pennsylvania with her husband George E. Maphis Sr., raising their children in Levittown, where they lived from 1953 until 1987, and employed her great organizational skills as a bookkeeper for a large cosmetics manufacturer in New Jersey. Phyllis and George moved to Virginia Beach in 1987. She was an active member of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach.

Survivors include her sons, George Ernest Maphis Jr. and wife Rita, of Santa Clarita, Ca., and John Edwin Maphis Sr., and wife Denice, of Virginia Beach; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Hill and husband Bart, Karrie Maphis and fiancé David, John E. Maphis Jr. and wife Natalie, Elizabeth Maphis, Nicole Scovis and Tony Whitaker, Philip Scovis and wife Donna, Lorin Bentley and husband Jeremy, and 6 great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Justin Hill, Kira Whitaker, and Nathan, Ryan, and Evan Scovis.

The funeral service will be at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, at 10 A.M Monday, Aug. 3 by the Rev. Mark Wilkinson. The family will greet friends and relatives in the parish hall immediately following the service. Mrs. Maphis will be interred next to her husband of 58 years at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Greenwood, Va., in Albemarle County, at 4 P.M. Monday, Aug. 3.

The family would like to thank Mrs. Maphis’neighbors, friends, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Sentara Hospice, Denice Wright, Tusenia Butler and Altmeyer Funeral Home for their care and thoughtfulness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 3201 Edinburgh Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23452.

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7 years ago

John & Denice,

I am so sorry that I missed the obituary. I hope that your mom did not suffer too long and that you are dealing with her passing as well as can be expected. I know that you were both a blessing to her as you are such wonderful people and neighbors. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.