Bob and Faris Phillips are this year's Outstanding Citizens. The award was made at the event that traditionally kicks off the Fourth of July weekend: the Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Recreation Center on Thursday morning.
Business and community leaders applauded them heartily and flocked around them to offer hugs, handshakes, and personal congratulations.
Craig Blackwell, who co-chaired the selection committee with Susan Hunter, made the announcement, and read an excerpt from the nomination.
"They have served on numerous boards, provided community service in many forms, and been ambassadors for the work ethic and hospitality of Marshall County," the nomination said.
Bob Phillips has been in the public eye for many years as a co-owner of and pharmacist at H & S Pharmacy. He served on the county commission for eight years, and as Lewisburg's mayor for 12. Bob has also served, and continues to serve, on many community boards.
Faris Phillips of worked for many years as a guidance counselor secretary at Marshall County High School. While she was there she maintained her Emergency Medical Technician license, on her own time and at her own expense, so that first aid would be available for students and teachers.
The Dixie Theater, on Lewisburg's square, is a monument to Faris Phillips' drive and determination. She was instrumental in acquiring and restoring the theater for the community. She has been on the theater's board of directors for many years.
Together, Bob and Faris Phillips attend the First Presbyterian Church, and both sing in the choir. She has been a Sunday school teacher, and he has been an elder and a trustee.
They have five children and nine grandchildren. Together the couple cheer for local sports teams and participate in the fundraisers of many civic organizations.
"Any good I've done is because I've had good people around me," said Bob as he accepted the award.
"We've had a blessed life here," Faris added.
"This pair," Blackwell concluded, "has been life-long, philanthropic models of service and character. Without further ado, you're the 2011 Outstanding Citizens of Marshall County, Bob and Faris Phillips."