Phyllis MacRae

phyllis macrae
Phyllis Arlene Reynolds MacRae 94, entered her Heavenly home on November 22, 2016 at the John F. Keever Solace Center with her family by her side. She was devoted to her family and firm belief in God. She was fondly called Mom by her loving children, Nana by her grandchildren and Wiggy by her friends. Phyllis was born in Danielson, CT. to the late Edgar Jesse Reynolds and Annie Laura Roberts Reynolds on February 15, 1922. She was preceded in death by her son Ronald Walter MacRae of Douglasville, GA, granddaughter Trisha MacRae of Bradenton, FL and 8 brothers and sisters. She also lived in MA and FL before settling in Candler, NC, where she was very involved in her church and anything her children were involved in. She raised her three children with love, patience, understanding and humility. Phyllis was a Godly woman who loved the Lord, kind, soft-spoken and always made you feel special. Unbeatable in cards and games, loved spending time with her family, and traveling around the world. With her outgoing personality, she did well at sales and never met a stranger. She is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is survived by her two daughters, Debbie Cross (David) of Livingston, Montana, Wendy Stokes (Ron) of Fletcher with whom she lived; daughter-in-law Marcia MacRae of Douglasville, GA and one sister, Laura Drechsler of Ocala, FL. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Mark MacRae (Mayte) of Hollywood, FL, Don MacRae of Douglasville, GA, Misti Leatherwood (Julian) of Candler, NC, Karmen Leatherwood Mira-Knippel (Johnny) of Franklin, NC and Leigh Leatherwood Holloway (Josh) of Fairview, NC; 13 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, she wishes that donations be made to Pole Creek Baptist Church where she was a member for years. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Dear Family,
    Please accept my sincere condolence for your loss. Be assured that God will provide you with comfort during this grievous time and he promises a better future. Revelation 21:3, 4.

  2. Always loved Phyllis…..met her when I moved on to Morgan Road and would walk to the store with my babies and the later say her daily at the feed store for years. So sorry for your loss. Condolences to her family.

  3. So sorry to hear of Phyllis’s passing. She and I had so much fun selling Sara Coventry Jewelry. She was my Mentor and I had so much respect for her as a friend . Wendy, Debbie and family , you are in my prayers.

  4. So sorry foe your loss,Wendy. I remember her fondly. She was lucky to live such a good and long life.Prayers for you and your family.

  5. Dear Family, I have so many good memories of this fine lady….she will be missed. Please know that I am thinking of you especially during this time. Sending daily thoughts, hugs and strength with much love.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss! Phyllis was a very special lady to our P.A.C.E. family. She will definitely be missed. May God’s peace and comfort surround the family during this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Sorry for your loss Debbie and Wendy and families. She was a great lady and I have many special memories of her from my childhood. She will be greatly missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Brenda, Terry and Ronnie Trull & families.

  8. So sorry to hear of Phyllis passing, she and my dad was good friends for many years his name was Mark Jamison, he passed away 4 years ago, she was always so kind to our family, especially my grandsons, a true lady, will keep all of you in my prayers.

  9. So sorry for your loss. Phyllis was a dear friend and a good member of the community. She shall be missed…Hugs and prayers for family and friends.

  10. So sorry for your loss. We loved Phyllis and her beautiful smile so much here at PACE. She will truly be missed. We love yall and are praying for peace and comfort.

  11. Wendy and Debbie, I am so sorry to hear the news. Your mother was one of the sweetest people I ever knew. She always had a smile and a kind word for me. You are in my prayers.

  12. Wendy and Debbie and all of Phyllis’s family. We are so sorry for your loss, but we are so glad that she is with the Lord Jesus who loves her and died for her. She has trusted in Him and His great sacrifice for her sin and was guaranteed eternal life in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ. We hope and pray that you all will be comforted and know how much God loves you and wants the best for you. You are in our prayers. We love you !

  13. Such fond memories of her at MacRae’s Grocery. Now Heavens angel. Our prayers are with the family for your loss. May God bless you.

  14. Wendy, Junior, Marcia, Marc and family I am so sorry for your loss. I am so thankful that I got to know the beautiful woman that she was. Such a great sense of humor, open arms and open heart for every one she encountered. She was interested in knowing you and made you feel important. She was an angel. She lived such a long life and wow that is wonderful. I’m thankful you had her close to you Wendy for the last year or so….you are an amazing daughter. I pray you all remain strong together in the Lord as you endure yet another loss. I love you all dearly. Praying for you.

  15. Wendy and family……I am heartbroken to hear about Phyllis. She was a very special lady who always made me feel important, always helpful, always, loving, always involved. She will be missed. I hope you know that we as a church family are praying for comfort & peace for her loved ones left behind. God bless you all

  16. Wendy, Ron, Debbie, David and the entire family our hearts are very sad on the passing of Auntie. We will always remember her sweet smile and loving heart. We were so blessed to be able to spend time with her when she came to Florida to visit my Mom. We will always be thankful that we spent a few hours with her back in July. Love to all the family.

  17. Heaven gained a beautiful angel! She always had a smile on her face when you came in the little store! Then years later when I was grown and working, she always remembered who I was. So sorry for your loss.

  18. Dear family,
    I am sorry to hear of Ms. MacRae’s passing. She was a wonderful lady, and we always enjoyed talking with her. I was unaware of Ron’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.

  19. Phyllis had the same name (Arlene )as my wife. Revelation 21:4 says ‘ and He will wipe every tear w from their eyes and death will be no more. No more death! And the bible is not talking about heaven but EARTH! Read it so your self please!

  20. I wanted to send my love and sympathies to the MacRae family. I am so sorry to hear of your recent loss. Losing a loved one in death can leave us with feelings of sadness and grief. However, the Bible provides a hope that will help to comfort us and to replace those negative feelings with those of happiness for the future. John 5:28,29 says, ‘Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.’ These verses speak of the opportunity to be reunited with our loved ones who have died, to experience a time when ‘death will be no more.’ (Revelation 21:4)

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