Ernestine Phillips went to be with her Lord at home Friday, March 6, 2020.
She was a lifelong resident of Fleming, a 1950 graduate of Bradwell Institute, and studied accounting at Draughn Business College in Savannah. “Tena Bell,” as she was affectionately called by family, loved to do yard work and cut grass and always sang while she mowed. She retired from Coastal Electric Cooperative after 42 years as the bookkeeper.
Tena was a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church for 72 years, a member of the Liberty County Coastal Lions Club, active in the Midway United Methodist Happy Hearts, participated in the Mt. Olivet Spa Ladies, and loved going to nursing homes in the surrounding area to visit and sing with a group of retired Christians.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Julia Brinson, and her husband of 49 years, Fred “Junior” Phillips, Jr.
Tena is survived by her daughter, Cindy McCallar of Fleming; grandsons, Greg McCallar (Melissa) of Hinesville, and Phillip McCallar (Angel) of Fleming; two great-granddaughters, Dayle and Lexie McCallar; sister, Mary Barnett; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 3-4 pm, Sunday, March 8, 2020, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 4:00 p.m. and burial will be in the church cemetery.
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