Rebecca Anne Phillips

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Rebecca Anne Brown Phillips, 85, of Sanford, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at her home.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Poplar Springs U.M.C. with Rev. Fallon Melvin and Rev. Garland Smith officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was born in Lee County, daughter of the late Paul James Brown Sr. and Hazel Wicker Brown. Anne was a member of Poplar Springs U.M.C., where she played piano and organ. She retired from C.C.C.C. as an Administrative Assistant in the Continuing Education Department. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Eugene Phillips.

Surviving are her sons, Roger Eugene Phillips Jr. of Burlington, Richard “Rick” Paul Phillips of Bear Creek; brother, Jimmy Brown of Sanford; sisters, Peggy Gaster of Sanford, and Martha Rasmussen of New Bern; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Poplar Springs U.M.C. Choir.

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Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.