Thelma Hewett Phillips, 92, of Bonifay, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, June 10, 2013. She passed away at the home of her daughter Carolyn Cooley, surrounded by family. Mrs. Phillips was born Nov. 11, 1920 to Marion Celonia Hewett and Susan Ann Flowers Hewett in Westville. She graduated from Holmes County High School in 1940 and shortly after married Clarence Gable Phillips. The couple initially settled in Virginia but returned to Holmes County after seven years. Mrs. Phillips looked after their home and in the spring worked with her husband at their family business, Holmes County Milling Company in Bonifay. She was a devout Christian, a Bible scholar, and a "prayer warrior" for her family and community. She was a great influence on her children and grandchildren as she shared her faith with them through her godly example. She was a faithful member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church for 66 years and loved teaching children through Sunday school classes, Sunbeams, and Girls Ambassadors. She also had a passion for mission work and was active in the Women's Missionary Union.
Mrs. Phillips was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years; her parents; two brothers, Lee Hewett and Joseph Hewett and three sisters, her twin Velma Padgett, Edna Phillips, and Loyce Hicks.
She is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Altha and Simon Curry of Bonifay, Carolyn and Jerry Cooley of Bonifay, Joy and Dr. Jerry Galloway of Geneva, Ala. and Sue and Tim Markham of Gulf Breeze; grandchildren, Greg Curry, Scott (Christi) Curry, Simona (Steve) Mayo, Anthony (Rachel) Cooley, Amy (Joe) Frix, Jared Galloway and Brandi Markham and great-grandchildren, Sabre (Steve) Vassallo, Skyler Mayo, Zach, Clayton, and Caleb Cooley and Phillip Curry.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 14 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Bonifay with the Rev. Eddie Eaton officiating. Mrs. Phillips was then laid to rest beside her husband in the Mt. Olive Baptist Cemetery. Pallbearers were Greg Curry, Scott Curry, Anthony Cooley, Jared Galloway, Steve Mayo, and Joe Frix. Memorial donations may be made to the Florida Baptist Children's Home (1000 Chemstrad Rd., Cantonment, FL 32533) or Mt. Olive Baptist Church (c/o Paul Strickland, 1945 Whitehead Road, Bonifay, FL 32425).