Joyce Evelyn Little Phillips, 88, of Conover, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at Catawba Regional Hospice.
Born September 4, 1929 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie W. and Grace Gantt Little.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Minor Phillips, Jr.; two sisters: Ruth Reinhardt and Dolores Little; and two brothers: Fred and Earl Little.
She was a lifetime member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and volunteered in the office. She attended Clevenger Business College and worked with Southern Vocational Institute in the office, where she met her husband. She also worked for Hutton & Bourbonnais, Field Insurance Agency and Cline Southern Insurance.
Joyce was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling; attending Navy Ship Reunions with her husband and taking Christian Tour trips with her sister “Bert.” She enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. Joyce will be lovingly remembered for her graciousness, her smile, and her laugh. She had a deep faith and an inner peace about her. She will be lovingly and deeply missed.
She is survived by her daughter, Amy Phillips McClain of Conover; granddaughter, Andrea McClain of Charlotte; three sisters: Alberta Winebarger of Conover, Reva Reinhardt of Hickory, Chalma Phillips of Rockingham; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Kevin Graudin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 - 2:00 p.m. at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 6175 St. Peters Church Rd., Conover, NC 28613.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Joyce Evelyn Little Phillips.
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