December 18, 1938 - August 26, 2021
SANDRA KAY HUGHES PHILLIPS December 18, 1938 - August 26, 2021 Surrounded by the love of her boys, her siblings and other close family members, Sandra Kay Hughes Phillips, 82, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Her deep desire and resolve to remain on this earth for her family as long as possible and their deep desire to hold on to her as long as possible could not overcome the effects of a valiant multiyear struggle with declining health issues and the recent loss on July 6, 2021 of her beloved husband, Clinton. Sandra was the fourth child of eight children born to David Jacob and Viola Johnson Hughes. She was blessed with a kind, generous heart and sweet spirit. She dearly loved people and they in turn loved her back. From an early age Sandra formed a strong unyielding bond with her seven siblings - Lou, Jack, Mary Helen, D.J., Betty, Johnny and Lynda - that held firm throughout her life. She never missed a chance to be with them, to support them and celebrate with them. While still in her teens she fell in love with a handsome young man and remained a devoted wife and companion to her “Clint” for 67 years. After spending a brief time in Canton, Ohio and several years in Charlotte, NC, she and Clint came home to Avery County and built their house on Whitaker Branch. They had found their place of contentment and happiness, remaining there for the rest of their lives. Sandra was a wonderful Mother to her four boys, David, Danny, Tim and Mark. She loved her boys with all her heart. With Clinton by her side she attended numerous school and athletic events involving the boys. She was always their greatest cheerleader and supporter. Grandchildren received a very special kind of love from their Nana. She was so proud of them and took great pride in their many accomplishments. To experience Nana’s unconditional love felt like no other as she expressed her genuine delight in them. If there was ever a need to be consoled or encouraged, they could count on their Nana to provide it. Sandra was especially thankful for the gift of great-grandchildren and considered them to be like “Icing on the cake!” The doors to the Phillips home were always open and welcoming to everyone. Visitors never needed to leave hungry for Sandra always insisted that you had to eat or drink something while there. She was a wonderful cook and loved to prepare food for friends and family, most especially, each Sunday for lunch. She was famous for her brown, crispy outside and soft white inside cornbread. If any remained, she crumbled up the rest to combine with a delicious mixture of fried onions and potatoes in her trusty old black skillet. The home was a hub of activity for the Phillips and Hughes Clan. No crowd was ever too large for the Fourth of July celebrations and other occasions to gather in the large field in front of their home. For Sandra and Clinton it was truly always, “The more the merrier.” The Frank Community and Pleasant Hill Baptist Church played an important and defining role in Sandra’s life. For several years she taught Sunday School and coordinated the annual Christmas Pageant at the church where she gave both children and adults the opportunity to participate in activities that demonstrated God's love, mercy and grace. In her faith she desired to lead by example. Sandra retired from the Avery County Public School System where she enjoyed serving as a bus driver and for many years as a teaching assistant at Minneapolis Elementary and Freedom Trail Elementary. It was in this role she was able to shower the students with love and to have a positive impact on their young lives. In addition to her parents, Sandra was predeceased by her husband, Clinton Ira Phillips; her brother, Jack Hughes; her brother-in-law, Vance Buchanan; and her three sisters-in-law, Lois Eller Hughes, Patsy Phillips Thompson and Carol Lou Philips Yancey. She is survived by her siblings: Lou Buchanan, Mary Helen Henley (Pete), D.J Hughes (Norma Ann), Betty Robbins (Doran), John Wayne Hughes (Jackie), and Lynda Hodges (Pat); her sons: David Phillips (Donna), Danny Phillips (Kella), Tim Phillips (Marilynne) and Mark Phillips (Andrea); her eight grandchildren: Tyne Franklin (Jeremy), Tyler Phillips (Brian), Dane Phillips (Paige), Jena Vance (Garren), Lauren Phillips, Samuel Phillips (Allison), Seth Phillips (Brittany), Ridge Phillips (Megan); her four step-grandchildren: Sarah Stines (Tyler), Alyssa Carter, Madyson Carter and Bailey Cole Allen; her thirteen great- grandchildren: Irelyn, Addison, Ayleigh, Jase, Tatum, Jude, Maddox, Lennox, Tripp, Tenley, Tate, Banks and Teagan. Sandra is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews who simply adored their Aunt Sandra. Sandra has been a deeply loved and special wife, Mother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and Nana. Even though she will be greatly missed by her family, we will hold her in our hearts and treasure the numerous sweet memories we have of her. On behalf of the family a deeply heartfelt thanks is offered to Dr. Alfred Earwood, a family friend who for many years has unselfishly given of his time and medical skills to provide exceptional personal care to Sandra and to most assuredly contribute to extending her life. Appreciation is also expressed to Amorim Hospice for their compassionate care during the past several days. Services will be held on Saturday, August 28th at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Frank. Visitation with the family will be prior to the service from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Interment in the Whitaker Branch Cemetery will follow the service. Dr. Bill Jones, pastor of Newland First Baptist Church will conduct the service assisted by Cameron Dula, pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Pallbearers will be grandsons; Tyler Phillips, Dane Phillips, Sam Phillips, Seth Phillips and Ridge Phillips and nephew; Curtis Thompson. Honorary Pallbearers will be D.J. Hughes, John Wayne Hughes, Pete Henley, Doran Robbins, Pat Hodges, Chris Pappas, Cory Hughes, Jeremy Franklin, and Garren Vance. The care of Sandra and her family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.
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