Phillips, Vernie Akers

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Vernie Akers Phillips of Willis, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2010. She was born September 2, 1919 to the late Perry and Ollie Akers. Preceded in death by her beloved husband Martin Phillips, son Glen B. Phillips, brother Verlie Akers, sister Verstle Hinkley, infant brother Vernard, great-great granddaughter Ava Noel Conner, also her two sons-in-law Walter Reed and Robert Lee.

She is survived by Daughters & Sons-In –Law Erma J. & Jim Flint of Riner, Ollie May Lee & fiancé Johnny Sheppard of Mechanicsville, Grandchildren Phillip and Susan Reed of Catawba, Sharon and Donnie Cox of Willis, Donna and John Wikstrom of Chiristiansburg, Deborah Minahan of Fort Worth, TX, Robert Lee of Mechanicsville, Paul and Susan Phillips of Bedford, Wesley and Stephanie Phillips of McLean, Great-grandchildren Amanda and Greg Conner of Willis, Alicia and Jason Slaughter of Radford, Patrick Minahan of TX, Chris and Amanda Wikstrom of Stuart, Jacob and Andrew Phillips of Bedford, Lauren and Rachael Phillips of McLean, Great Great-grandchildren Luke and Joshua Conner of Willis, Alison and Marlee Slaughter of Radford, Brother Vernon Akers of Hiwassee, Also her special friends who have helped her so much, Phillip and Betty Weddle. We could not leave out her special pet and companion, Barney.

Vernie was a good loving mother and grandmother, wife and friend to many. Our home life was one where we were taught to be honest in all things and to be kind and to always do right. She made sure we learned to take care of our responsibilities and to work hard to be as good as she expected us to be. She made sure everything was as it should be, to the best of her ability. She was a care-giver to many people in her life and never complained about it. She was a friendly, warm and caring neighbor, even though she had to face many trials that were so hard.

We look at her life as an example for us to try to follow. She will be so very missed by all of her family, it is difficult to imagine her not being here with us, to call and talk to anytime we wish. Our memories will comfort us, and the knowledge that she is with God and her loved ones already gone on before. We will look forward also to being with them again when God calls us. We will strive to be worthy, also.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 Monday November 15, 2010 at Maberry Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Roy Turpin and Rev. Vinton Quesenberry. Interment will follow at Big Sand Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday November 14, 2010 at the Funeral Home.