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Celebration of Life for Henrietta Phillips

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By BVN Staff –

Inland Valley News Co-Publisher Gloria Morrow is mourning the loss of her mother, Henrietta Phillips who recently passed away December 9, 2011. Phillips was born July 9, 1920 in the small town of Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Henry and Mattie Brooks. She was one of seven girls and one boy and they were children of a Baptist minister.

When she was eight she met a boy named Harold Phillips, who was a friend of one of her sisters. She was intrigued by him because he drove a car and was qui te the “ladies man.” Yes, at nine. Her life continued as she lived in various cities before moving to Northern California in the fall of 1943. This is where her life changed as she again encountered Harold Phillips. This time it only took one look for him to realize this would one day be his wife. Rev. Harold and Sister Henrietta Phillips were married September 2, 1948…and what a love story it has been.

Phillips experienced many detours in life and some of her dreams were not fulfilled until later in life. Yet, she was able to live a fruitful and fulfilling life. She always desired to play the piano.

One day her husband surprised her with the gift of a piano and told her to get a teacher and the rest is history. She not only learned for herself but was instrumental in teaching countless others to play the piano who have gone on to accomplish great things in the music industry.

She was an accomplished singer and could sing a song and tear up the audience. Songs like “I Come To The Garden”, “The Last Mile of the Way”, and “Blessed Assurance”. She would provide a soul stirring sermonic selection prior to the preaching of her husband, Rev. Harold E. Phillips.

She was a First Lady and together The Phillips organized and established churches in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Chicago.

She gave her life to the Lord at an early age but rededicated her life after being asked to speak at a Women’s Day program from the Proverbs 31 text. This changed her spiritual life and her witness became stronger as she encouraged others to give their life to Christ.

Phillips’ many accomplishments include authoring books: Leaving A Legacy of Hope: A Guide to a Successful Marriage and I want to Play, being a gifted speaker and being featured in a classical concert for her seventy-fifth birthday.

Early in the morning of December 9, 2011 this loving wife and mother answered the call of our heavenly Father in the arms of her adoring and loving husband of 63 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents Henry and Mattie Brooks (Green), all of her siblings Beatrice, Lillian, Virginia, Roset ta, Norman, Bernice, Myrtle and her youngest child, Randy Phillips. She is survived by her loving and adoring husband of 63 years Harold E. Phillips; 4 children, Charlie Powell (LaVonne), Gloria Morrow (Tommy), Gwendolyn Phillips Coates of Seattle, Washington, and Harold Wayne Phillips (Lisa) of Dallas, Texas; 17 grandchildren Charlie Powell,Jr. (Emilie), Michael Powell (Lisa), Angela Powell, Steven Phillips (Sharmika), Deann Graham (Renix), TaMia and TaLese Morrow, Faundsworth “Bobby” Jones III (Michel la), LaNicia Williams, Philip Jacobs (Menzelle), Stephanie Phillips, Harold W. Phillips, Jr. (Brandy), Wes & Nicole Phillips, Tamara, Joseph and Randy Jr. Phillips; 15 Great Grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and extended family.

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0 # Guest 2011-12-15 22:35
Mom Phillips was just exactly that to me, Mom. I will always have a special place for her in my heart as she did for me.
+1 # Guest 2011-12-15 13:43
I will miss my Grandmother, she was a beautiful person and she was always there whenever I needed her. I was always shown how much she loved me all of her days here on earth, and it continues with her spirit. Thank you for all of your kind words and recognition of my Wonderful Grandmothers' life.


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