FPD recognizes alumni with two awards presented during the FPD Homecoming activities. To nominate an individual for the FPD Service Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award contact Beth Burnsed. Nominations are accepted up until three weeks prior to Homecoming.
Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award goes to an alumnus/alumna who has made an outstanding contribution through his/her vocation or who otherwise deserves to be recognized for outstanding achievement in some field or endeavor – an individual who has “changed the world for God’s glory.”
2019 Distinguished Alumni Award – Maj. Phillips Jones
Maj. Phillips Jones graduated from Samford University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in business management. After college, pursuing a lifelong interest in aviation and a desire to serve his country, Jones earned an officer’s commission in the United States Marine Corps.
Over the course of the next decade, Phillips and his wife, Lauren, lived in 4 different states while Phillips served as a helicopter pilot with the Marines. The highlight of their time in the fleet Marine Forces was when they were stationed for five years in San Diego at Miramar Airstation. While at Miramar, Phillips attained every advanced qualification in the helicopter that he flew, including Weapons and Tactics Instructor and Air Mission Commander. During that same time period, Phillips deployed to Afghanistan three times, participating in many large scale heliborne operations as a part of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force in southern Afghanistan.
Upon returning from his last deployment, Jones was selected to join the elite team of Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), the pilots for the President of the United States. Over the next 5 years, Jones provided domestic and worldwide helicopter support to the President and Vice President, as well visiting heads of state. He was also instrumental as a White House Liaison Officer, facilitating military to civilian communication to accomplish the task of supporting the presidency. At the end of his tour with HMX-1, Jones was proficient in flying 6 different types of military aircraft and had amassed nearly 3,000 flight hours.
In 2017, Phillips and his wife Lauren moved back to Macon with their two sons Walker (class of 2032) and Peyton (class of 2034). They are members of First Presbyterian Church. Phillips is the CEO of Vein Specialists of the South and Spa Medical. Phillips also serves on the Hay House Board of Directors, is the Treasurer of the Middle GA Medical Group Management Association, and is a member of the Macon Civic Club.
2003-Margery McDuffie ’83 Whatley, 2004- William Terrell ‘81, 2005- Steve Penley ‘83, 2006- Cole Hogan ‘78, 2007- Doug Willliams ‘76, 2008- Kelley Richardson ’91 Hester, 2009- Robert McDuffie, 2010- Taylor Heard ’98, 2011- Keith Watson ’86, 2012- Molly Pearson ’87, 2013- Colonel Mike Smith ’85, 2014- Cheri Gunnells ’89 Frame, 2015 – Adam Michie ’00, 2016 – Hugh Comer ’79, 2017 – Kris Hattaway Vaughn ’04, 2018 – John Hall ’82
FPD Service Award
The FPD Service Award goes to an individual who has shown continued service and support to First Presbyterian Day School. This award is presented on an annual basis, if candidates are deemed worthy.
2019 FPD Service Award – Bobby and Tee George
Over the past 37 years, Bobby and Tee George have supported FPD’s fine arts and athletic programs through their time and gifts.
Mrs. George is a member of FPD’s Legacy Faculty, having retired in May 2019 after 33 years of service in FPD’s preschool. Lovingly known as “Ms. Tee,” she is a favorite among her former students. Many of them also had the privilege of having Ms. Tee as their child’s teacher.
While their daughters attended FPD, the Georges could most often be found greeting visitors while managing the football concession stand on Friday evenings. Their warm hospitality and friendly smiles were always a welcomed site for Viking fans. The Georges even secured a portable concession stand and worked with the local Coca-Cola bottler to install fountain drink equipment that could be used for concessions at off-site FPD events.
The Georges worked with the Exchange Club of Macon to secure funds for FPD’s Backpack Ministry initiative. They hosted multiple football team dinners and chaperoned FPD dances and events. They spent many weekends helping with landscaping around campus, and, most importantly, they served as mentors and counselors to numerous FPD students.
Bobby and Tee George still frequent campus. In addition to their four daughters who graduated from FPD, the Georges have four alumni grandchildren and four grandchildren who are FPD students. They have formed unbreakable bonds with many students and continue to show their love and devotion to First Presbyterian Day School.
Past Award Winners: 2003- Lynn Wiggins ’84 Gabrielsen, 2004- King Kemper ‘90, 2005- Saynor Ponder ’86 Foshee, 2006- Lori Blackburn ’81 Harden, 2007- Allen Peake ‘79, 2008- Chuck Duggan ‘76, 2009- Dick Frame, 2010- Dave Sparrow, 2011- Mr. Oliver C. Bateman, 2012- Mr. David Walton, 2013- Mr. Lowry Tribble, 2014- Dallis Jones, 2015 – Carl Amerson, 2016 – Jet and Sharon Anderson, 2017 – Mrs. Barbara Henley, 2018 – Ken Smith Sr.