Philip was a graduate of North Greenville Junior College and Erskine College. He did his graduate studies at the University of Georgia. Philip worked for the IRS and DSS before beginning his teaching career in Columbia, South Carolina for Richland District 1.
He met his wife, Hallie Sue (Price) while living in Columbia. After their marriage, they relocated to Laurens where Philip worked for Laurens District 55 as the orthopedic educational specialist. In addition to his work with handicapped students, Philip also assisted homebound students and taught adult education students, both after school and at the Laurens County Prison. He spent the last part of his teaching career at Laurens District 55 High School, where he taught history.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a special cousin, Reginald Bedenbaugh. He is survived by his daughter, Lee Harris Alba (Sam) of Laurens, his brother, Tim Harris of Bangkok, Thailand, and his sister, Amanda Harris of Laurens.
Philip was born with cerebral palsy and worked hard to overcome his disability with dignity and grace. He will be remembered for his strength of character, his indomitable spirit, and his never ending ability to embrace life with humor and love.
A celebration of Philip’s life will be held on Saturday, December 9th at 2:00 PM at the home of his sister at 497 Lee Carey Road; Laurens, SC 29360.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation or to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children in Greenville, South Carolina.