Avery County Obituaries – Compiled Dec. 9, 2013

Published Monday, December 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Avery County Obituaries – Compiled Dec. 9, 2013

Verna Oakes Phillips, D. Dec. 7, 2013

Verna Oakes Phillips, age 96, of Newland passed away on December 7, 2013 at her residence. 

A native of Avery County, she was born April 19, 1917 a daughter of the late Granvel Oakes and Effie Phillips Oakes Gilliand. 

She attended Emmanuel Baptist Church and worked for Glen Raven Mills as a Seamstress. 

Verna enjoyed flowers and sewing. 

Along with her parents, Verna was preceded in death by her: husband, Abe Phillips; sisters, Elta Hicks, Nellie Baldwin, Stella Aldridge. 

Remembered as the sweetest lady in the world who always had a smile on her face and was faithful to her family, Verna has left to cherish her memory her: daughter, Barbara Goins and husband Garland of Morganton; grandson, Roger Kincaid and wife Debbie of New Smyrna Beach, FL.; niece, Louise Trice and husband Charles of Newland; great niece, Kathie Massee and husband David of Linville; great-great nephew, Justin Massee of Johnson City, TN; special friend and caregiver, Jenny Hughes; a host of nieces and nephews. 

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 11th from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with interment services to follow at 2:00 p.m. in the White Pine Cemetery with Rev. Joe Ingham officiating. 

Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.rsfh.net. 

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Phillips family. 

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