Sylvia Mae Williams Phillips 80 of Maple Hill, NC passed Saturday, May 25, 2019 at her home. Funeral services will be 12 noon on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Webbtown Rd. in Maple Hill, NC. Burial will follow in the Williams Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, May 31 from 5 until 7 at Nixon Lewis Funeral Home in Burgaw, NC.
She was born in Onslow County to the late George and Clara Wooten Williams. Preceded Sylvia in death was her father, mother, brother and loving husband, Island W. Phillips. Her survivors are: Three daughters, Curlie Ann Gibson, husband Robert, of Maple Hill, Jessie Mae Pickett and husband James Rowland of Fayetteville, NC and Lola Sabrina Phillips of Maple Hill, NC. One son, George W. Phillips and wife Judy of Maple Hill, NC.
She received her education starting at Maple Hill Elementary School and continuing at C. F. Pope High School in Burgaw, NC. Afterwards, she worked at Southern Cleaners in Jacksonville, NC. To further her work history, she worked at the Laundry Room aboard Camp Lejeune and the Marine Corps Exchange Warehouse. After 30 years of employment aboard Camp Lejeune she retired with high recognition. After retiring Sylvia took continuing education classes, becoming a certified C.N.A. under the leadership of Annie Bannerman at Cape Fear Tech. Sylvia was a very talented seamstress who made her own clothes and those of others in the community. Also, she taught sewing classes under Mrs. Martin. Sylvia Mae loved the Lord with all her heart. Sylvia loved her church and was a member of Class #3. She held many duties in the church that included: Stewardess Board, Sunday School Primary Teacher, Trustee Board, Missionary Society, Pastor's Aide Committee President, Maple Hill United Gospel Choir Organizer and First President, Maple Hill AME Senior Choir, Usher Board, Hospitality Committee and the Maple Hill AME Church Florist Club.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend and she will be greatly missed.