Rachel Louise Pearson Philyaw

September 28, 1942June 28, 2018
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Rachel Louise Pearson Philyaw September 28, 1942 - June 28, 2018

Rachel Louise Pearson Philyaw slipped from our lives into the mighty, faithful hands of God. She drew her final breath on the evening of Thursday, June 28th 2018. A daughter, sister, mother and friend who loved all, with the love of Christ. A true, striving example of compassion, forgiveness, unconditional love and mercy.

Our mother’s legacy seeded generations back in Lenoir, NC. It was nourished through her dad, who being an Associational Missionary for the Southern Baptist Convention, instilled in her a deep love and compassion for God’s people. Her life as a missionary started at a very young age. She would tell stories of adventures with her father in the mountains of Caldwell County, North Carolina, reaching people from all walks of life for Christ. She treasured the wisdom that was spoken into her life, through the people in her amazing community. Her stories, which she told until her death, instilled in her children and grandchildren a desire to continue that strong legacy.

Rachel will be lovingly remembered by her five daughters Lyn (Chris) Watson, Laura Philyaw, Beth (Eric) Norris, Alice (Donald) Brown, and Sarah (Matt) Arnett. Rachel will be fondly remembered by her nine grandchildren, Shelby, Anna (John) Phillips, Samantha, Calvin, Riley, Abigail, Liam, Pearson, and Charlise. Her sister Elizabeth (Wayne ) Keller, by sisters-in-law Mattie Ruth Bentley, Dollie Woods, Jeanie Rowan, Jonnie Philyaw, and her brother-in-law Tommy Philyaw. Rachel predeceased by her husband Bobby K. Philyaw and her brother Mark W. Pearson.

With faith like Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet She gave of herself continually without asking for much With faith like the woman reaching for the hem of Christ She knew she was His child With faith like the Proverbs 31 woman She worked tirelessly to provide what her family needed With faith like David fighting giants around every corner She wielded her weapons with strength and faith With faith like Hannah She waited patiently and prayed for each of her children With faith like Esther She held onto perseverance and endurance facing testing and trials With faith like Paul She walked through the imprisonment of her own mind, yet smiled still at the sweet name of Jesus With faith like John She saw visions of angels singing over her and ministering to her With faith like Jesus She knew she was His lamb, and He would not leave behind the one.

Grasping the sweet hands of Christ, Rachel leaves behind all her worries, fears & imperfections, and now stands in the presence of Jesus. She is no longer bound by the restraints of this world. All mysteries of God are no longer mysteries. She is fully awake and knows, as she has been known. She has now boldly approached the throne of God and received her welcome into His Kingdom of Eternity.

We love you Mom


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 3, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 3, 2018
  • Burial Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Rachel Louise Pearson Philyaw

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Gwen McVey

July 1, 2018

This is how I remember my second momma:
Singing and playing the piano
Beautiful artwork
A glass of wine at each meal
An air popper popcorn maker, which is why I own one today. She made the best popcorn.
Sad for the hole she let behind, yet so happy she has met Jesus and is truly free.
Love and hugs to the family.

Laura Medley

July 1, 2018

We send our love and prayers for your family. All of you are special to us! We remember your mother fondly and know that her guidance and Godly teaching still live on in you girls.
May God comfort you!
Russ and Laura Medley

Denise bennett

July 1, 2018

Sending love to each of you!
Your mothers obituary is beautiful and a testimony to her faith and the love each of you have for your mother!

Vanessa Boudreaux

June 30, 2018

Alice & Sisters
The grief of losing a Mother is like no other. It is all consuming and gut wrenching. God's love, comfort, and power will carry you throughout this difficult season. May you always feel your Mama's tender kisses on your eyelids when you sleep. May you always feel your Mama's kisses when the wind blows in your hair. She will forever love you, and will embrace you in heaven when you meet again. Until then, may all your sweet, funny, laughable memories keep you smiling. ❤️

Love, and more love,
Vanessa (Ricky, Valerie-Jolie, Paul)

Jonnie Philyaw

June 30, 2018

Sweet Rachel, you are now at peace and in your heavenly home with out all the health issues that you have had for several years. I know there is a wonderful celebration in heaven with all that have gone before you. Your girls are sure to carry on your wonderful legacy and make you proud of the way you have raised them. I love you Rachel.

Jeanie Philyaw Rowan

June 30, 2018

My dear sweet sister-in-law, Rachel, rest in peace. In your lifetime, you have gone far above the call of love and responsibility. You were an incredibly loyal wife to Bob, an amazing mother to Lyn, Laura, Beth, Alice and Sarah, and later a wonderful grandmother to their beautiful children. Your absence leaves a hole in the lives of your family, a vacancy that no one, nor anything else can ever fill. We love you so much!! I hope you're having an incredible journey home.