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Celebrating the life of...Helen Kenner Phillips

Funeral Service: Saturday, December 3, 2016 12:00 PM

S. E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Services

110 Highland Avenue

Thomasville, NC

Family Gathering: Saturday, December 3, 2016 11:30 AM

S. E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Services

110 Highland Avenue

Thomasville, NC


On June 8, 1930, Helen Kenner Phillips was born into this world along with her twin brother Haskell to the late Henry (Bum) and Gracie Kenner in Newberry, South Carolina. Helen grew up and was raised in South Carolina along with her parents and eight other siblings. On November 27, 2016, Helen Phillips exchanged this life for life eternal while a patient at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington, North Carolina.

Helen and her parents moved to Thomasville, North Carolina following the lead of her older siblings who had come to the area to work in the furniture industry. She attended the public schools in Newberry County, South Carolina before attending Church Street School in Thomasville. She and her family were originally members of Union Baptist Church in the city. She worked in Thomasville at Davidson Laundry, Peace’s Poultry and Rex Plastics/Styrex. She met and married Clyde Phillips, had children and became a homemaker.

Helen was a private and reserved woman who loved her television shows, loved to laugh and enjoyed her family. She was the last survivor of her immediate Kenner family -- the youngest child outlived them all. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband: Clyde Phillips; her children: Helen MaDonna Phillips, Keith Phillips, Alvin Phillips and her siblings: Hattie Kenner Renwrick, Quester Kenner, Rosa Lee Kenner Renwrick, James Kenner, Stokes Kenner, John Kenner, Robert Kenner, Mike Kenner and twin brother Haskell Kenner.

Left to cherish her memory are her devoted sons Clarence Phillips of High Point, NC and Carlton Phillips (Barbara) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren Kenya Phillips, Danielle Phillips, Arielle Phillips, Christy Henderson, Candi Henderson, Shannon Wall and Carlton Phillips Jr.; great grandchildren; daughters-in-law Faye Phillips of Houston, TX and Olivia Phillips of Thomasville; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memories Build a Special Bridge by Emily Matthews

Our memories build a special bridge when loved ones have to part To help us feel we're with them still and sooth a grieving heart. Our memories span the years we shared, preserving ties that bind. They build a special bridge of love and bring us peace of mind.

Respectfully Submitted,

The Family


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