Earlene Buchanan Phillips, 102, of Morganton and formerly of Avery County, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
Born January 19, 1912, in Avery County, she was the daughter of Bertie Lee Franklin Buchanan and Fonzer Buchanan. Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Reverend Cecil Phillips; son, Cecil Wheeler Phillips Jr. (C.W.); son, Melvin Phillips; son, Herman Phillips; one brother, Ernie Buchanan; sisters, Mabel Owens, Ruth Derryberry, Jessie Calhoun and Helen Issacs.
Survivors include two daughters, Lucille Reed and her husband, Frank, and Sheila Dilworth and her husband, Jack, all of Morganton; one daughter-in-law, Lucille Humphries, of Rutherford College; two brothers, Edward Vance, of Crossnore, and Curtis Vance; 10 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Phillips was a retired employee of Broughton Hospital, where she worked for 22 years.
She and her husband founded Midway Holiness Church at Miller’s Gap, Newland, where they pastored for many years. Mrs. Phillips was known for her faithfulness and dedication to the Lord and was an inspiration to all who knew her.
She loved raising a large garden, which she enjoyed until the age of 92.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ in Newland with Reverend Patrick Bradshaw, Reverend Barry Camp and Reverend John Smiley officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.
Active Pallbearers will be: Bill Crawley, Wesley Hart, Greg Phillips, Dylan Reed, Steve Reed and Tim Williams.
Burial will follow the service at the Church of Jesus Christ Cemetery on White Pine Road, Newland.
Memorial Funeral Chapel, 212 N. Main Street, Elizabethton, Tn., is serving the family of Mrs. Phillips. 423-543-3839