Imogene Long Phillips, 87, of Barney, Ga., formerly of Carteret County, died Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Presbyterian Home in Quitman, Ga.
Burial was at the Campground Cemetery in Morven, Ga. Pall bearers were her sons and grandsons.
Mrs. Phillips was born in 1931 to the late James and Ima Ball Long. She was born and raised in Morehead City. After living in Jacksonville, Fla., for 34 years, she returned, after the death of her husband, to Morehead City for another 20 years and later retired to Georgia to be near her family.
Mrs. Phillips was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church, joining at age 10. She was a choir member during her high school years. She graduated in 1949 from Morehead City High School.
At age 14, she started working at Rose’s and later at the Carteret County News-Times and The Sanitary Restaurant and Fish Market. After moving to Florida, she was office manager and bookkeeper in her husband’s business, Phillips Refrigeration. Upon returning to Morehead City, she was employed for 20 years at The City News and also worked for Waterfront Deli.
She is survived by seven children, Thomas W. and wife Marjorie of Jacksonville, Fla., Jeffrey V. and wife Pat of Statesville, Robert W. and wife Yulee of Stallings, Cheryl Phillips Fisette and husband Michael of Barney, Ga., Linda Susan Phillips Jones of Milford, Del., William E. and wife Althea of Lake City, Fla., and Wendy Phillips Smith and husband Richard of Jacksonville, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Linda Ring and husband Bill of Summit, N.Y., and Cheshire, England; and many cousins, nieces and nephews, including Leslie Long and wife Bess of Morehead City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell Ernest Phillips; her parents; two brothers, James B. Long Jr. and Leslie Gordon Long; a grandson, Barry Dale Bedo Jr.; son-in-law, Douglas Jones; and lifelong friend, Wilson W. Davis.
The family handled the arrangements.