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Phyllis M. Wheless

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Phyllis M. Wheless Obituary
NEWPORT NEWS - Mrs. Phyllis M. Wheless, our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014. She was born at home, on a farm in Florence County, South Carolina, on July 10, 1934. After graduating as class salutatorian in 1952 from Timmonsville High School, she attended Winthrop College where she earned a bachelor's degree in education, graduating in 1956. Phyllis was employed by the Hampton School System as an elementary school teacher for 29 years, retiring in 1994. She served as president of the Northampton Lions Club during 1998-1999, and as a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority. She was a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in downtown Newport News for many years and, more recently, an active member of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. Phyllis is survived by her husband of 57 years, Frank H. Wheless, who attended grades one through twelve with her. She is also survived by daughters M. Paige Maddox, Amy W. Stepp, and Mary Kip Bradley; son-in-law B. Mark Stepp; and former son-in-law James W. Maddox, Jr. Her surviving grandchildren include James W. Maddox III, Amber S. Maddox, Nicole M. Stepp, Bryan A. Stepp, and step-grandchildren Michael T. Maddox, Tina Maddox Haynes, Jon-Marc Maddox, and Cayla R. Epling. She was preceded in death by her parents Byron S. and Emmie Lou Morris; three brothers: Byron S. Morris, Jr., Henry C. Morris, and Richard D. Morris; two sisters: Lorraine M. Pigate, and Linda E. Morris; grandparents Henry C. and Dora I. Morris, and Oscar T. and Elise L. Hobbs; and son-in-law Dalton L. Bradley. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 26, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home in Hampton. Funeral services, officiated by Reverend William G. Lamont, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church in Newport News, followed by a brief reception. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park in Hampton. The family would like to express a heart-felt thanks to the caregivers at the Gardens at Warwick Forest who compassionately cared for Phyllis for the past eight months. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, 414 Hiden Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606, or the Peninsula SPCA, 523 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.
Published in Daily Press from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2014
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