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Originally published: 2013-02-07 13:47:33
Last modified: 2013-02-08 11:09:37

Vernie O'Dell Phillips

Vernie O'Dell Phillips, 91, of Big Hill Road, Boone, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at his home.

Born Aug. 3, 1921, in Ashe County, he was a son of John Franklin and Lillie Viola Eldreth Phillips. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp, during WWII. Mr. Phillips was a member of Meat Camp Baptist Church. After retirement from Watauga Medical Center, he spent his time doing what he loved, fishing and tending his vegetable gardens, but most of all, loving his family.

Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife, Marilyn Smith Phillips; son, Steve Phillips and wife, Sandra, of Boone; daughter, Judy Johnson and husband, David, of North Wilkesboro; brother, Russell Phillips of Oxford, Pa.; two sisters, Peggy Mabe and husband, Charles, of Oxford, Pa., and Velma Phillips of Hudson; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Frank Phillips; two brothers, Paul and Robert Gene Phillips; and two sisters, Connie Keys and Essie Stoker.

Funeral services will be conducted 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Meat Camp Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Mike Townsend and the Rev. Herbert McCoy. Burial with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post #130 and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90 will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.

The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Austin & Barnes.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be sent to High Country Health Care Systems/HOSPICE, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 100B, Boone, NC 28607.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at the website

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Phillips family.