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Johnson Funeral Home

2685 Henderson Dr, Jacksonville, NC

OBITUARY

Lena Belle Gurganus Phillips

September 23, 1921September 9, 2019
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Lena Belle Gurganus Phillips, 97, of Richlands, was welcomed Home by her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 9, 2019.

Lena Belle was born on September 23, 1921 here in Onslow County. She was a loving mother and a dedicated, devote Christian. She loved her church, Bethlehem Baptist Church. Even though Lena Belle never had a driver’s license, she also never missed a Sunday at church. The congregation loved Lena Belle and always made sure she was there when the church doors opened. She would walk there if needed. Lena Belle was active with Richlands Senior Center for over 21 years and cherished her time there. She will sorely be missed by her family and the many lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her dear husbands, Burl Adolph Carter and John Phillips and her three siblings, India Mae Cook, Henry Gurganus, and Jacob Gurganus.

Lena Belle is survived by her four children, Betty Lovitt Thomas (Bobby) of Richlands, Burl Carter (Earlene) of Richlands, Rachael Carter of Jacksonville, and Hazel Johnson (Edward) of Lawrenceville, NJ; nine grandchildren, Lisa Karpovich, April Sherrard, Roland Glenn Lovitt Jr., Sarah Beard, Burl Jacob Carter, Rachael Grant, Angela Graham, Crystal Brinson, and Amy Shoener; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Johnson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, 2685 Henderson Drive. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Burial will follow in the Gurganus Family Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to her church, Bethlehem Baptist Church, 100 Half Moon Church Road, Jacksonville, NC 28546, to go towards the Family Life Center.

Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 13, 2019

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Charles Richmond

September 11, 2019

Christmas 2011
Chuck, Lena Belle and Donna
Christmas on Ice
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Charles Richmond

September 11, 2019

Donna and I have known Miss Lena Belle for many years. We grew closer when we found that she did not have a ride to church. We started to pick her up in our vehicle which led me to driving the church van for several years. We would pick her up to go to Bread of Bethlehem (Senior Group) which she dearly loved. We took her to several church sponsored shows in Myrtle Beach and we will always treasure the pictures we took there. She looks cute in a Santa hat. Red is her color. Miss Lena Belle was a lady in every sense of the word. She is dearly missed, but her passing has taken her to a land of great beauty and a Savior whose Love can not be surpassed. We love you Miss Lena Belle. Donna and Chuck Richmond

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