Hundreds attend celebration of life for Godwin teacher killed in crash

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) –Hundreds filled the gymnasium at Mills Godwin High School in Henrico County Wednesday to remember Todd Phillips, a beloved teacher who was killed last week in a car accident.

Phillips, or ‘T-Philly,’ as so many students referred to him, was remembered for the impact he made both inside and outside the classroom.

Godwin Principal Beth Smith.
Godwin Principal Beth Smith.

“Philly always leaves relationships, people, organizations, any place he goes or anyone he knows, better than he found it,” Godwin Principal Beth Smith said.

Smith called Brown a one-of-a-kind instructor, one who inspired everyone around him.

“He didn’t get caught up in the why nots, he just found a way,” Smith said.

Phillips was the director of the school’s specialty center for science, mathematics and technology. Smith said it’s hard to put in words the void that is now left behind.

“One of our teachers, Bishop Boshure, said Todd Phillips was, ‘the center of our center,'” Smith explained.


Smith says Phillips’ legacy will be what drives everyone to move forward.

“Him just still talking to all of us saying ‘you got this, you do know what you’re doing,'” Smith said.

9782446815734E93B3709590F8E337F3Now, the entire community is left with a daily drive to be like the man they all loved so much.

“I think coming back to exactly, ‘what would Todd Phillips do right now, will help all of us.”

Phillips leaves behind his wife, Kelly, his two sons, T.J. and Trevor, as well as the hundreds who make up the Mills Godwin High School family.

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