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Ernest O. Phillips

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Nov. 14, 1930 — Aug.11, 2017 Ernest O. Phillips, 86, of Wilson, passed away Friday. Funeral services will be conducted 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, 2704 Nash St. N., Wilson. The Rev. Curtis Campbell will officiate. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 3 – 4 p.m. Monday, prior to the service at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home. Ernest retired as a mechanic from the N.C. DOT and enjoyed many endeavors such as woodworking, photography, billiards and furniture upholstery. He was a loyal friend, provider for his family and go-to-man no matter what was needed. He loved the challenge of repairing anything broken and engaged in any project wholeheartedly and to completion. Surviving are his wife, Violet Webb Phillips; one daughter, Lori Phillips Campbell, and husband, Curtis, of Wilmington; one son, Ernest Ray Phillips of Wilson; four grandchildren, Ryan Turner, and wife, Jennifer, Matthew Turner, and wife, Bess, Nikki Brooks Schell, and husband, Andrew and Genna Brooks; two sisters, Ann Audrey Anderson of Elm City and Barbara Wainwright of Farmville; two stepsons, Pat Williams, and wife, Sue, of New Bern and Tim Williams, and wife, Carolyn, of Wilson; several step-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Baker Phillips; a daughter, Elaine Turner; parents, Golden Ernest and Mahala Daisy Owens Phillips; two sisters, Arlene Baker and Shirley Jefferson; and a stepdaughter, Rosanne Harrell. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson. Online condolences may be sent to www.thomasyelverton.com. THE WILSON TIMES publishes brief death notices at no charge. Full obituaries are published on a paid basis. The obituary deadline is 4 p.m. the day before the obituary is to be published. Contact Lori Parrish at 265-7816 with questions.