Mrs. Sandra Faye Smith Phillips

Mrs. Sandra Faye Smith Phillips, age 69, of Garden Valley, GA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 24 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma, GA, with Rev. Sidney Clay officiating.

Family will receive friends before the service from 9 until 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Graveside services will be Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, GA, with Rev. Sidney Clay officiating. Family will receive friends from 9 until 10:45 a.m. at McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson St., Newnan, GA 30263.

Mrs. Phillips was born Feb. 3, 1944, in Montezuma, GA, to the late Wheeler Smith and O’Nita Raburn Jones.

She was a secretary with Xerox in Atlanta before her retirement.

She was a member of Ideal Baptist Church in Ideal, GA. She was a loving daughter, mother, sister and grandmother to her family, especially to her son, Brandon, and a proud preacher’s wife.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Herschel Phillips; two daughters and one son-in-law, Paige Elrod, and Stephanie and Howard Henderson.

Survivors include her mother, O’Nita Raburn Jones of Oglethorpe, GA; four sons, Kirk Taylor Elrod and Brandon K. Smith, both of Garden Valley, GA, Kevin Elrod and his wife, Nerissa, of Newnan, GA, Lewis Phillips and his wife, Robin, of Madison, Alabama; two daughters, Missy Key and her husband, Irving, of Newnan, GA, Sandy Bailey and her husband, Donald, of Dothan, AL; two brothers, Donald Smith of Vienna, GA, and Kenny Smith and his wife, Gail, of Oglethorpe, GA; fifteen grandchildren; and a host great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends also survive.

Friends may express condolences to the family at

Watson-Mathews Funeral Home, Montezuma, GA; 478-472-8191

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