January 16, 1942 ~ June 14, 2001

Born in: Mitchell Co., NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Lily Wanda Rice Phillips, 59, of 75 Fifth Avenue, Asheville, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, in an Asheville hospital.

Mrs. Phillips was born in Mitchell County and was a daughter of the late Fred William and Ruth Berry Rice. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Phillips Earley who died June 11, 1983, and by a sister, Thelma Hernandez, who died November 6, 2000. She was a loving homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Tony T. Phillips; one daughter, Tonya Phillips Scott of Asheville; three grandchildren, Jason Earley, Tiffany Scott and Tammy Scott; one great-granddaughter, Lily Scott; two brothers, Ben Rice of Asheville and Brown Rice of Adrian, MI; five sisters, Eunice Caldwell of Asheville, Frankie Robinson of Chicago, IL, Ida Ferez of Adrian, MI, and Margaret and Virginia of Spruce Pine.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 pm Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald N. Welborn officiating. Burial will be at Elk Mountain Cemetery.

Her family will receive friends from 7 - 8:30 pm Saturday at the funeral home.

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  1. Tonya,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.If there is anything you should need please call.


  2. We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please let us know if we can help in any way.

    Joe & Nita


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