Donna F. Phillips was born on October 25th, 1959 in “The Low Country” of South Carolina. She was raised by an incredible mother, Carolyn McCutchen who taught her the value of hard work and the importance of self-reliance. Donna was blessed with three brothers, Walter Phillips, Tommy Phillips (Gwen), and Chad McCutchen (Tara). She dearly loved her nieces, Kirby and Naomi, and her nephew, Charlie. Her “daughters”, Cate Cooper and Rachel Fleck (Lee) were a consistent source of amusement and frustration, and Donna was fortunate enough to have two grandsons, Thatcher and Dennis Fleck, bring joy into her life.
Donna’s greatest joys were golf, Clemson football, and grilling with friends on the deck joined by her dog, Birdie. She loved Coors Light – but only if the mountains were blue and was famous for coercing guests into one more beer. Beach music was the only music she ever liked. Donna was a woman who knew what she wanted and would settle for nothing less. Her long career in the car industry provided many friends – and a few enemies. Donna’s iPhone contact list reads like an old telephone book.
For all her bravado, Donna had a tender heart; giving and kind when she wanted to be and stubborn and hard-nosed when she thought it best.
We have to mention the Angels of El Salvador for the kindness, empathy, and solace in her last days. Nidia, Marta, and Iris – you have our hearts. Cate and Kirby stepped up far beyond what was ever expected and generated her last smiles. Dear sweet caregiver, Sarah – your gentle touch was such a comfort. We must thank Dr. Jeremy Kilburn for the support and guidance on this journey – you made the last years possible.
Donna was loved more than most will ever know. To say she will be missed is an understatement.
Donna really was the eighth world wonder and our lives will never be quite the same without her.
A visitation will be held Thursday, August 3, 2023 from 1:45 p.m to 2:45 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Southeast followed by the memorial service in the Chapel at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of ones choice.
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