Services Phillips to retire
You might not recognize her name right away. But if youve ever received
a bill for plumbing or heating repairs from A-C Service, local resident
Thelma Phillips probably prepared it. And she probably did it flawlessly.
Next week marks the end of Phillipss 28 years of service in the
billing department at A-C Service. Her co-workers will hold an open house
celebration tomorrow (Friday), from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for community
members who would like to see her off.
Phillips started working part-time at A-C Service in 1975, when Jack Shook
owned the business. Phillipss husband, Richard, was out in the yard
one day when Shook, the next door neighbor, asked him if his wife would
like to go to work.
The job found me, Phillips said. I thought Id
be here long enough to catch them up in the billing, and here I am.
Phillips studied bookkeeping in the late 40s at Springfield
High School, now called Springfield South, she said, making sure the distinction
was noted. She liked bookkeeping, and was good at it. She is orderly and
organized, qualities that run in the family.
I like things picked up, its true, I dont like things
laying around, she said. Mother was always very organized.
Phillips went to work for an accountant in Springfield directly out of
high school, but soon married Richard, a boy from Yellow Springs, and
quit to raise a family of five daughters. By the time the position at
A-C Service opened up, her youngest was 12. She felt that she could spare
a few hours every morning to work.
She started out typing invoices on a typewriter. Her slightly compulsive
nature drew her naturally to keeping the books, and her co-workers indicated
that the business has benefited from her organizational skills.
I love bookkeeping, making sure they balance out at the end of the
year, she said. I cant rest until its balanced.
Even the accountants noticed that someone had paid exacting attention
to the job. Mark Partee, who managed the business when Phillips arrived
and purchased it in 1990, said We had a comment from our CPA about
how well the books were kept. He said they were very efficient and there
were never any mistakes.
Phillips didnt make many mistakes during her time at A-C Service.
According to her co-workers, she was seldom sick, always on time, rarely
on vacation and in all ways entirely reliable.
In all honesty, half the time I didnt even know she was here
because she was back in her corner, just working and doing her thing,
When A-C Service computerized all the records, Phillips was opposed to
It was a big adjustment for me to learn to operate computers; I
didnt want any part of them, she said. Im old-fashioned,
Id just as soon do it the other way.
Simplicity is her preference. She likes small towns like Yellow Springs
better than Springfield. She likes spending time with her daughters and
eight grandchildren, all of whom live nearby. She and her husband, whos
retired, do very little traveling, and they have no particular plans for
Ill read the morning paper with a cup of tea every morning,
and theres always cleaning and laundry to do, she said. And
Im going to come back and pester the people at the office occasionally.