Ms. Phyllis Diane Retherford of Geneva, Ala., went home to be with her Lord and Savior after a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, with her loving family by her side. She was 69. Phyllis was born Dec. 12, 1943, in Holmes County, to the late Willard Buel and Flora Sanders Retherford. She was a 1961 graduate of Bethlehem High School. For several years she was employed with Ward-Cowan Tractor Company and later retired from the City of Geneva as a bookkeeper. She was a very loving and devoted mother, grandmother and sister. Affectionately known as "Baba" to her grandchildren, nieces and nephews, they were the light of her life. She was a member of Izagora Congregational Methodist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Gina Seay of Geneva and Lori Gibson (Tom) of Wetumpka; three grandsons, Colton Pate, and T.J. and Garrett Gibson; one sister, Sharon Johnson (Johnny), Bonifay; two brothers, Billy Charles Retherford (Bea), Westville, and Sherman Retherford (Rhonda), Bonifay; special friend, Connie Marsh and several nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 27, 2013, in the chapel of Sorrells Funeral Home in Geneva with the Rev. Gary Armstrong officiating. Burial followed in the East Pittman Baptist Church Cemetery with Sorrells Funeral Home and Crematory directing. The family received friends at the funeral home Friday, July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sorrells Funeral Home of Geneva, 334-684-9999, is in charge of arrangements. Express your condolences in our guest book at www.sorrellsfuneralhomes.com