Elizabeth Ann Warren Phillips

May 23, 1928 - March 24, 2020

05/23/1928 - 03/24/2020

Elizabeth Ann Warren Phillips, age 91, died on, March 24, 2020, having lived a full and wonderful life.

May 23, 1928, Elizabeth Ann Warren was born to Garnie Benjamin Warren and Stella Jane Martin in a house that still stands on High Street in Murfreesboro.

Her greatest joy was her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. After her three children became adults Elizabeth turned her interest to enhancing and preserving Murfreesboro and the place it holds in the history of the Roanoke Chowan area. For decades Elizabeth’s interest in gardening fueled her work at the Wheeler house garden. Many trips to historic Williamsburg for classes kept the garden true to its historic time period.  Later when the garden became too much for Elizabeth and Dewey, she became the site manager for the Wheeler House. Again, she traveled to Williamsburg, but also to East Carolina University, Richmond, VA, Raleigh, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Winston-Salem to ensure that the historic buildings in Murfreesboro reflected their proper place in time. Elizabeth was knowledgeable not only about historic buildings in Murfreesboro but their place in the history of our state and region. Not a week went by that she did not share that knowledge to make the historic areas more accurate and inviting to tourists.  Elizabeth lived a life rich in friends and family, always ready with a pot of homemade soup or flowers for anyone needing their spirits lifted.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband of 71 years, Dewey Phillips, Jr., two daughters, Deborah Pedersen and her husband, Neil, of Chapel Hill, and Geri Bradshaw and her husband, Keith, of Murfreesboro; seven grandchildren, Angela Vaught and her husband, Rob, of Kill Devil Hills, Brandon Dewey Phillips and his wife, Eve, of Wilmington, Ashleigh Phillips, of Baltimore, MD, and Sarah Beth Phillips of Jackson, Kyle Pedersen and his wife, Suzi, of Asheville, Nora Pedersen of Los Angeles, CA, and Beth Stratton of Richmond, VA; four great grandchildren, Sophia Vaught, Fisher Dewey Phillips, Magnolia and Beau Pedersen. Elizabeth was predeceased by her son Dewey Laverne Phillips, her parents, and her two siblings.

Due to the circumstances with COVID-19, the family will have a private graveside service at Riverside Cemetery in Murfreesboro.

In lieu of flowers please give a memorial gift to the Murfreesboro United Methodist Church, 313 East High Street, Murfreesboro, NC, 27855, or online by clicking here or the Murfreesboro Historic Association, PO Box 3, Murfreesboro, NC 27855 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Phillips family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.


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Maria Bracy
4 years ago

To The Phillips family, my deepest condolences; she was a very sweet lady, she
will be missed by many…. I am praying for comfort for her family

Marcia Brett Parker
4 years ago

May God’s peace and love be with all of the family!

Doodle Tillery
4 years ago

I’m so sorry for your lose Mr. Phillips. I have wonderful memories with Geri and all the good times we had at your house. Sleeping out, riding Ginger. Mrs. Phillips will always be in my heart. She was part of my life. Heaven just got one of the best. Love Doodle

Jean Johnson Patterson (Class of 1971)
4 years ago

Geri, Praying for you and your family. May your mother Rest In Peace in heaven!

The Wootens ~ Ed and Bobbi
4 years ago

Loving memories of Elizabeth. She was beautiful, gracious and gave wholeheartedly of her gifts and talents. Our heartfelt sympathy to Dewey and the Phillips/Warren families.

Jewel and Dan Johnson
4 years ago

Sending our condolences to Mr. Dewey and family.

Jewel and Dan Johnson
4 years ago

Our condolences to Mr. Dewey and family
We are lifting up your family in prayer.

Jewel and Dan Johnson
4 years ago

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Lifting up your family in prayer.

Donna Gibson Robbins
4 years ago

I am sorry for your loss, Mr. Dewey. You had a full lifetime with your love and I hope you are and will be well. You have always been a special person to me.

Eric Pedersen
4 years ago

Thinking of you all in this time of loss and remembrance. We celebrate with you her long and meaningful life and are grateful for the many years you had together. Wishing you love and peace, Eric Pedersen and Susan Changnon.