Mildred Phillips

Mildred P Oval

Mildred Rowland Phillips, 88, of the Red Hill Community, passed away Saturday morning, November 7, 2015, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

Born April 29, 1927 in Carnesville, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Ethel Mae Chatham Rowland. She was the wife of the late Kenneth A. Phillips. The last surviving member of her immediate family she was the sister of the late Leasure Rowland, Willard Rowland, Joe Dan Rowland, Myrtice McIntire, Gladys Richardson, and Madge Brock. She had worked at Coats and Clark, Toccoa, GA, and for the Tupperware Corporation in Rhode Island. She attended Allens United Methodist Church and was of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include her daughter, Diane Sosby McCurry, Carnesville; two granddaughters Christy Compton, Comer, and Johnna Aldrich, Toccoa, GA; four great-grandchildren, Joselin Aldrich, Keaton Aldrich, Kira Aldrich, and Grayson Aldrich; a number of nieces and nephews.

Services will be Monday afternoon at 2pm at the B D Ginn Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Ray. The family will receive friends from 12:30 Monday until 2pm Monday afternoon at the Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, and at her home after the service.

Because of possible bad weather the service has changed from a graveside to the chapel.


  1. Bennie Max Richardson
    November 8, 2015 - 2:09 pm

    Mildred was my surrogate mother and a favorite aunt. She was a kind generous person and a free spirit who suffered the slings and arrows of life with a stoic determination and unfailing optimism. She knew how much I hated to visit my fathers parents and she would come as early in my 2 week sentence as was acceptable to rescue me. She being only 12 years older than me, I could relate to her. My mother and I were living with Jack and Mildred when Diane was born. I would sit in a child’s rocker, being 5 years old and rock Diane while my mother and Mildred looked on. I remember making snow ice cream, picking blackberries, washing cloths on the rocks in the creek and all the fun and laughter in that house. We were all poor, my dad overseas in WW2, but we never went hungry and were never unhappy thanks to Mildred and Jack. We had no idea we were poor because we had no knowledge that anyone lived any different from us. I’m so sorry that she has passed and I grieve for the loss of a truly wonderful woman who left me with such beautiful memories.

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