Social Fellowship, Inc.
SWING PHI SWING
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
It is with heartfelt sympathy that we inform you that our CHARTER SISTER Gwendolyn Whitley Sills,
affectionately known as WATER, passed away Saturday January 5, 2019.
SISTER Gwen pledged at St. Augustine University
and was one of the FOUNDING Members of the Raleigh Graduate Chapter of SWING PHI SWING SFI.
Psalms 121, “I will look to the hills from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord.”
May God Bless the family of SISTER CHAPTER FOUNDER GWENDOLYN WHITLEY SILLS
and The SISTERS of Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship, Inc. ®
RALEIGH GRADUATE CHAPTER
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We encourage us all to continue to honor our illustrious SISTER
in words of remembrance but more so in deeds.
For in that undaunting work lies the essence of Cheryl,
though she is physically absent from among us, she is never gone,
never forgotten and in our perceived loss something is truly and forever found.
Being an educator by profession, over the years, SISTER Cheryl mentored hundreds of troubled youths. She taught special needs children for over thirty years at several schools. SISTER Kornegay taught at Bugg Elementary until she retired. SISTER Kornegay was a step master, a visionary, a dreamer and a leader.
Chairwoman SISTER Cheryl Kornegay held numerous offices within the organization.
She was Past National President, Past National Vice President, Past Southwest Regional Administrator, National Dean of Pledgees, and
Chairwoman of the 50th Anniversary Committee. The prestigious Cheryl Phipps Award was established in her honor.
For years she was the Chairwoman of the Raleigh Graduate Chapter’s Mentoring Program, SWING SOCIETY.
She left to cherish her loving memory one SWING daughter Frenchy Evans, one son Terrance Phipps, a blood SWING SISTER Cynthia Johnson-Watson,
three brothers Dean Johnson, Reginald Vel Johnson and Barry Johnson, two grandchildren, a host of family and friends,
the SISTERS of SWING PHI SWING SOCIAL FELLOWSHIP, INC. ® and the BROTHERS OF GROOVE PHI GROOVE SOCIAL FELLOWSHIP, INC. ®
Chairwoman SISTER Kornegay succumbed to Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on May 2, 2017.
SISTER Kornegay was born on January 18, 1951 to the late Daniel and Eva Johnson in Queens, New York.
Chairwoman SISTER Kornegay is a 1975 graduate of Bennett College, in Greensboro, NC.
She graduated with honors and received her Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1975.
Her leadership and organizational skills blossomed while at Bennett College.
During the turbulent 60’s, Chairwoman Cheryl sought an organization which represented her passion and commitment to community service.
A new organization was born on April 4, 1969 and its missions and purposes appealed to her rebellious spirit.
She pledged SWING in 1971 and threw herself, wholeheartedly, into the goals and purposes which are SWING.
In the 1980’s SISTER Kornegay worked for the State of New York with special needs children and adults.
She received numerous honors and awards from the State of New York.
During the 90’s SISTER Kornegay moved to Raleigh, NC and continued her career with the Wake County Public School System.
She received numerous honors and awards from the Wake County Public School System and Bugg Elementary.