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Gloria Phillips

January 29, 2013

Gloria Shook Phillips, 90, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at her residence in Franklin, Tenn.

Funeral services will begin 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at First United Methodist Church in Starkville.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Another visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service.

Phillips was born Dec. 21, 1922 to Annie Laurie Shook and Thomas Oscar Shook in Belmont, Miss. She moved to Starkville at the age of 5 and graduated from Starkville High School and attended Mississippi State University. She married W. E. “Skeeter” Phillips on Feb. 3, 1940, and they were married 70 years until his death on March 5, 2010. She and Skeeter raised their two sons in Starkville and lived there until 2006. Gloria was a member of First United Methodist Church and loved to entertain, hosting many events in her home and church. She was involved with the United Methodist Women, serving as chairman and coordinator and was recognized with a special membership gold pen in 1995. Gloria was also involved in many bridge clubs throughout the years playing bridge until the age of 88.

In 2006, Gloria and Skeeter moved to Avonlea Assisted Living in Tupelo. Gloria moved to The Manor at Steeplechase in Franklin, Tenn. in July of 2011. She was actively involved in the lives of her family. She loved to travel with her family and gather with them as often as possible. She supported and encouraged her family in any way that she could and loved them beyond measure.

Gloria is survived by her sons Dr. Walter E. ”Phil” Phillips, Jr. (Teresa) of Brentwood, Tenn. and Bryan Phillips of Naples, Fla.; grandchildren Stephanie (David) Cayson of Tupelo, Donnell McCorkle (Matthew) of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., and Michael (Beth) Grooms of Nolensville, Tenn.; great-grandchildren Alex and Maggie Cayson and Brooklyn and Ali Grace McCorkle. She is also survived by her brother, Col. Tom (Roxie) Shook of San Antonio, Texas.

In addition to her parents and husband, Gloria was preceded in death by her brother, Hal Shook and her sister, Hazel Shook.

Memorials may be sent to First Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2585, Starkville, MS 39760.

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