Judy Carolyn Phillips

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Judy Garner Phillips, 80, entered Heaven peacefully on Sunday, June 9, 2024, surrounded by her family.    


Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, June 13, 2024 at Acorn Ridge Baptist Church with Dr. John Williamson, Reverend Edwin Moore and Reverend Arnold Comer officiating.   The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 9:30 AM.


The body will lie in state from 3:00 to 6 PM on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at Kennedy Funeral Home.

Born on January 14, 1944 to Earl H. Garner and Vila Spivey Garner, she spent most of her life in Moore County.  Judy loved education and was the valedictorian of her high school class.  She graduated from Campbell College in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree.

She began her teaching career in Asheboro city schools before returning to the Moore County school system.  Judy taught 5th and 6th grade at Elise Middle school for 30 years.

One of her greatest blessings was meeting, and marrying, the love of her life, Charles Phillips.  They built a wonderful life together and would have celebrated 55 years of marriage on June 28th.  God blessed them with a son, Alan, and later a daughter-in-law, Susan.  They were later blessed with two granddaughters, Addison and Campbell, who were the loves of their life.  Judy is also survived by her sister and best friend, Brenda Pickler, husband Craig, and her niece Lindsay Greer, husband Chris, and great-nephew Anderson.

After retirement, Judy worked a range of part-time jobs around the community and especially enjoyed working with the Moore County Board of Elections.

Judy was a faithful member of Acorn Ridge Baptist Church, serving the congregation in a range of roles.  

She enjoyed reading, cooking and traveling with Charles.

During her cancer experience her faith never wavered and she fought her battle with courage and strength.  The family extends a special thanks to Dr. Michael Daley, FirstHealth Cancer Center, FirstHealth Hospice, and Interim Healthcare.  A very special thanks to our hospice nurse Lawanda and caregiver Regina.  

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to the FirstHealth Hospice Foundation at 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst.

Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Phillips family.

Condolences on line at pinesfunerals.com

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  1. My deepest sympathy to Judy’s family and friends. I have many memories of our childhood gatherings at your parent’s home
    and proud to say you were a special cousin. RIP sweet lady.

  2. My deepest condolences to this wonderful family.
    For many years I have treasured their friendship and the Christian
    Family they are. Prayers for all.
    With deep sympathy. Lois Rankin

  3. My heartfelt sympathy is extended to Charles, Alan and all of the family. Judy was a very classy lady with a great heart. Judy was an excellent teacher and she was an excellent role model for her thousands of students, over the years. May God give you all comfort in knowing Judy is now with our Lord. Judy faithfully fought the good fight.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. Judy was a well liked christian lady. Prayers for comfort to the family

    • As friends, our tears, sympathy, and prayers are with Alan and the rest of the family. As Christians, we rejoice in her homecoming, knowing there will be a joyful reunion.

      “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
      REVELATION 21:4

      The Hartley Family

  5. My deepest sympathy is to the family ! Judy was a sweet kind caring Lady . I got to know her when we worked at the Election Poll ! She will be miss!
    Heaven is sweeter with her there !
    Prayers for the family !

  6. Judy was a christen lady I’ve known Charles and Judy for a long time thought alot of both of them she will be missed I will be praying for the family rest in peace till we meet again

  7. Prayers for her family. She was always faithful to serve in her Church Acorn Ridge Baptist. She will be missed. Read John chapter 14 for comfort!!!

    Paul and Linda Horner

  8. Charles, Alan and Family, So sorry to learn of Judy’s homegoing. She saw her Savior she worshipped wholeheartedly, then her mama and dad, whom she loved and missed. Heaven is sweeter with her there! Judy was a special lady, she was my colleague and friend. We taught school together and worked the Board of Elections together. She was kind-hearted, loved her family dearly, cared for all her students and served Moore County faithfully during election time. She was someone I admired and looked up to. She will be missed in our community and at Acorn Ridge. May God hold each of you close in the days ahead and may precious memories of her give comfort and peace in knowing she loved and was loved. Prayers for all of you.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about Judy’s passing. She was such a kind person and was always thoughtful of others. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
    Lori Brewer Johnson

  10. We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to Charles and all the family. We pray for peace and comfort for all of you during this difficult time.

  11. My prayers are with you during your time of loss of Judy. Enjoyed working with her at the Board of Elections during early vote, but had known her for years while teaching at Elise. We would run into her and Charles at Little Village Resturant in Robbins also and have conversations. She was so kind and just had a special and classy presence about her. I am glad to know we will see her again and she won’t be in pain.

    • Lee and I are so sorry for your loss. Judy was a special lady. Peace and comfort to all her family.

  12. Praying for the family during this time of grief. She was one of the best teachers at Elise middle school. She will be deeply missed

  13. Mr. Phillips and family, please know how very sorry I am to hear of Mrs. Phillips passing. I am so glad and honored to have known her, even though for such a short time, she was such an inspiration to me. I enjoyed seeing her at Little Village and Wednesday Bible studies. She will always have a special place in my heart. My thoughts, prayers and much love is sent your way. ❤️

  14. My deepest sympathies to all the family.I know she will be missed greatly.She was a special lady always friendly and with a smile when I saw her.Prayers for you all.

  15. I loved having Judy “Mrs. Phillips” as a teacher and especially in working with her in early voting. She was always such a classy lady with her calm, efficient way of working. I will miss seeing her sweet smile and her telling me “you can call me Judy” and we would have the best laugh! She was always so proud of the students she taught and was so pleased when they went into education as well. Prayers for her husband, son, sister and family during this time. She will be missed by many.

  16. So sorry to hear this news. Judy was a special cousin and friend. Love, Hugs and Prayers for Peace and Comfort for all the family. She will be missed.

  17. Mrs. Phillips was such an amazing teacher. She was always so kind and nurturing to all of her students. Much love to her family. 🤍

  18. The passing of a parent is never easy, yourself as a parent understands how she loved you, because that’s how you love your children. Knowing that she isn’t in pain anymore and that she is in the presence of her savior eases the pain some but not all the way and knowing you will see her again also helps. While i never had the pleasure of meeting your mom i do know this about her, she raised a fine young man who loves his family and church. Me and Norma are praying for your dad and you and your family for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  19. Charles, Alan , Brenda and family,
    Kim and I are grieved for you all in your loss of Mrs. Phillips. A great teacher, friend and caring lady. I will always cherish her words of support and encouragement. Truly a great person who will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. We love you. Kim and Bruce Williams

  20. Sending prayers and love to this family during your time of loss. She was my 5th grade teacher many years ago. she was an excellent teacher and loved her students.

  21. Mrs. Judy Phillips was my 6th grade math teacher at Elise. Our classroom was a mobile unit behind the gym. I can still picture her, standing tall, at the green chalkboard. I can still hear the sound of her white piece of chalk moving (she was a fast writer of math problems) across the board. She always wore long, pretty dresses. Sometimes her voice would be hoarse by the end of the day from all of the teaching she had done. She was VERY serious about her work. We all loved and respected her! In 1988, I returned to Elise as a teacher and Mrs. Phillips became my colleague. She was kind and helpful to me as a new teacher. I even had the wonderful privilege of teaching science to her son, Alan. 😊 I am thankful for the memories I have of Judy Phillips. I KNOW there are many others who will miss her sweet smile! We will see her again.

  22. Prayers for Charles and the family. Judy will surely be missed! We are thankful that we knew her. She was always so kind. We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers in the weeks and months to come.

    Arnold Dean and Pam

  23. I worked with Judy at early voting. We had a good time as we worked. So sorry for her family.

  24. Judy was my 6th grade teacher years ago. Always enjoyed running into her, such a kind and classy woman who showed her faith. Prayers for her family!

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