Joyce Shumate-Phipps

Updated: March 12, 2005


I became a member of the future WWHS Class of 1958 when my parents moved to MacArthur from Wyoming County for the second semester of eighth grade at Hollywood School. From that point, on to Beckley Jr. High and Woodrow Wilson. Following high school I enrolled at West Virginia University and spent two years there before marrying Dallas Phipps of Beckley in 1960. We left West Virginia for two years and returned a family of four. When we returned to West Virginia, I enrolled at Concord College, teaching on an emergency certificate while I took classes. I graduated from Concord in 1968 and continued teaching elementary school for two and a half years.

A career change took me to the then West Virginia Department of Welfare. I earned a MSW from West Virginia University in 1982 and remained in Social Work as the agency where I was employed became the Department of Health and Human Resources. In all, I was at DHHR for 31 years – 25 years of it in supervisory and management positions. Under different job titles I spent one year as area administrator in Fayette County, almost one year in Raleigh County and four years in my native Wyoming County. That position is now called Community Services Manager.

Following retirement from the State of West Virginia, I became the Director of the Raleigh County Head Start Program and spent four years at that. I still maintain my Social Work License and consult, primarily as a participant in federal reviews of Head Start Programs throughout the nation.

My marriage to Dallas continues. He is retired and spends his time building street rods and restoring classic cars. I hope to see many of you at the mini-reunion pizza party on June 11, 2005.

– Joyce