Phillippi, Martha Diana

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Martha Diana Phillippi of Draper gained her wings as well as the ability to walk again on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the Carillion New River Valley Medical Center. Born September 16, 1949 in Christiansburg, VA she was the daughter of the late Dollie & Willie Sheppard of Blacksburg, VA. Martha had a beautiful zest for life. Her love for her family and grandchildren was immeasurable. Her smile and jovial laugh were often the life of the party.

She was preceded in death by her brother, James Sheppard and her sister, Etta Akers.

Left to cherish her memory are her

Loving & Devoted Husband of 47 years – James Elbert Phillippi Sr.

Daughter – Melissa Gregory & husband, Paul – Barren Springs

Son – James Phillippi, Jr. & wife, Laura – Draper

Stepson – Alan Phillippi – Pulaski

Granddaughters – Andrea Lyons, Katie Lyons, Kayla Phillippi, Adalaide Phillippi and Lauralai Phillippi

Step Grandsons – Doug Phillippi, Danny Phillippi and Mikey Phillippi

Great Grandchildren – Kaylee Lyons, Grace Lyons, Chet Smith and Blair Smith

Brother – Lewis Sheppard & wife, Shirley – Montgomery County

Sisters – Maxine Spence & husband, Tim – Pulaski Mary “Bonnie” Richardson – Pulaski Norma “Estelle” Richardson & husband, Sherman – Pulaski Nora Turpin & husband, Hensel – Pulaski Sisters-in-law – Jean Rhodes – WV Nancy Morris – NC

Many nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM – Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski with Pastor Randall Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow at the Southwest Virginia Veteran’s Cemetery, Dublin. The family will receive friends one hour before service time at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to The Back-Pack Program @ NBB Bank in Dublin.

To sign the online guestbook, please visit The family is in the care of Bower Funeral Homes, Pulaski.