Haisten Funerals & Cremations

1745 Zack Hinton Parkway, McDonough, GA


Holly Jennifer Phillips

September 17, 1976September 30, 2019

Ms. Holly Jennifer Phillips, age 43 of McDonough, Georgia passed away September 30, 2019. She was born in Riverdale, Georgia to David and Cathey Burns Phillips. Holly graduated from Tabernacle Christian School in 1994 as Valedictorian. She has been employed with Georgia Power since 1995. Holly was a loving mother, daughter, sister and aunt. She had a special way to calm her family's life storms and was known for her wisdom and advise. Holly had an abundant way of showing her love through her gift of giving to her friends and family. She enjoyed traveling, especially trips to the beach and Las Vegas. She was an avid Dallas Cowboy's and Georgia Bulldawg fan. Survivors include her children, Damian and Haley Johnson, both of McDonough; mother, Cathey (John) Helms of Cocoa, FL; father, David (Jennifer) Phillips of Lawrenceville; brother, David (Mary Ann) Phillips of Tulsa, OK; sister, Laura (Adam) Jones of Greensboro; nephews, Talon Jones, J.D. Phillips and Brantley Jones. The family will receive friends Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM with a Celebration of Life immediately following in the Haisten Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to a College Fund for Damian & Haley at https://www.gofundme.com "in memory of Holly".


  • Visitation - Haisten Funeral Home Saturday, October 5, 2019
  • A Celebration of Life - Haisten Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, October 5, 2019


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Laura Gann

October 5, 2019

I am still in shock, someone who meant so much and helped people with love and advice, gone way too soon. I know Holly from baseball days, and although we moved clear across the country, Her friendship still lingers on. She sure did love her children, Damian and Haley. I will never forget her.
Damian and Haley, we don’t live close, but if you ever need anything, let us know.
Russ and Laura

Stephanie Laviolette

October 5, 2019

To—Day September 30, 2019 a very very sad day 😢 the poker leagues 10-2, WPT, WSOP,
Motörheads & etc. loses a member in our entertainment world. Holly will be remembered a beautiful, intelligent, honest dealer, overall wonderful lady!!!! (Ms. Holly Phillips) R.I.P. In loving remembrance please keep praying 🙏 for family and friends all over the United States 🇺🇸 She made many friends throughout the poker leagues. As my friend we have been from state to state & casino to casino you were very good at the game ‘ taught’ me so much. The pleasure to have play together remain friends through the leagues was all my pleasure. Angel 😇 you will be missed greatly. As I pick up a deck of cards you will be there in spirit saying really, you hit it on the river. 🙄 Why would you play those two cards. ☹️ Get off my poker table 😉 lol. I’m sure that everyone you made poker friends with would say the same until we meet again. GOD is great he has chosen one of the best. Holly as you receive your wings 👼 soar into heaven; take his hand through to the stairways of heaven..!!! 🙏 Amen Amen Amen Amen 🙏💐🌹GOD BLESS THE FAMILY 🌹💐

Kimberly Jackson

October 4, 2019

Holly defines the absolute meaning of a true and faithful friend. So many memories come to mind from her befriending a shy girl at a new school, riding in her car on the strip in Griffin every weekend, spending weekends and even school nights at her house, going to the beach with her family, to just having dinner to catch up cause that's what old friends did after high school. The day my dad passed away I received the sweetest message from her just reminding me how much I was loved and that she would be there whenever I needed her.
She loved her kids, family and life and I know that even as tears are still being shed over this tragic lost she's singing in that heavenly choir the song When I Get Carried Away. Fly high beautiful Angel Fly high and know that you will forever be missed by all that loved you

Sara Dorsey

October 4, 2019

Holly was always full of life and will be greatly missed. She loved her family dearly. There were many times in the nursery at MBT that she talked about her children and all of her dreams for them. Damian and Haley, never doubt her love for you. The one memory that stands out is that when Holly was in the nursery and Megan woke up in the nursery, Holly was the only one that could calm her down. Everyone else had to come get me. She had a way with kids and mine loved her. Praying for all of you and love you much

William Elder

October 4, 2019

I met holly about 6 years ago to begin with I was distant and not easy or quick to befriend her , but after a year I realized she was a very good hearted and enormously funny soul. Within 1 and a half years of knowing her I texted her more than anyone I know because we shared the same sense of humor and beliefs , I trusted her with anything I had and vise verse . Every time I have a funny thought I reach for my phone to share it and realize I have nobody to share it with now and a little sadness sets in . There are so many things that remind me of her that I just keep working to keep my mind off of her . She referred to herself as the poker wife Of myself ,Phillip sheppardsons and Brandon Hackney . It’s rare to enjoy the company of someone so much that you hate to see them go home each day but I would say she was that rare . I had the highest respect for how she had accomplished raising her son and daughter to be two very funny responsible and respectable kids to the point of envy ( meaning if I ever had any I wished they turned out as well as they have ) I consider it an honor and privilege to have called her a friend of mine and even deeper to be respected and called a trusted close friend of hers . If her family or kids ever have a question or need of anything please feel free to ask . I loved her and miss her with all my being . If there is an afterlife it removes fear of the end because I can’t wait to see her Just to rejoice that day . And I can say that if people are reborn I look forward to finding her again . Holly was A true center of our social community and is irreplaceable she left a hole in my heart and a huge hole in our community, but left it filled with fond memories and joyful moments to recall to in times of gathering joking . So thank you holly for your legacy of great children to carry on your beliefs and humor , and for the great memories for all your friends to refer to and Enjoy and laugh about .
Truly your biggest fan : love Matt

Linda E. Lentz

October 3, 2019

Holly , at one time was Step-mother to my Grandson Jordan who is 3 years older than Damian. Holly treated my Grandson with such love when he got to go visit which wasnt very often, we live up away almost by Cincinnati. When Jordan and Damien were little and Haley was a baby who got to stay with her Grandma Cathey. They had a wonderful time together at Disney and everyone was so good and kind to my Grandson.
I loved Holly's strength, in facing all situations, and the Excellent, Caring Mother she was to Damian and Haley and all of her family and friends. I respected her so much as a young mother, with so much going on. Holly truly loved life and enjoying it with her Family and Friends. And loved the Vegas trips also. She will be missed and my heart goes out to Damian, Haley, Cathey, her Father, and step-father and I know the love relationship with her sister Laura was and is so special. You will be missed Holly, and much Sympathy to the whole Family and Friends. She is dancing with Jesus now!!!! Bless Y'all

Warren Starks

October 3, 2019

I met Holly about 4 years ago playing poker. We immediately connected. We both were cowboys' fans in a room full of cowboys haters. We took pride in rubbing in the cowboys victories over the falcons. She had a beautiful smile to go with a fun personality. She was my play girlfriend. I enjoyed the fun times with her. I'm still shocked about her death. I can still hear her saying, " Warren, you are crazy." I'm going to miss seeing her and hearing her distinct voice. RIP Friend.

Chris FatBoy Hughes

October 3, 2019

I met Holly several years ago by chance. We shared a love for a game that brought us together. Not only her and I, but her family and mine. She then introduced me to SO many great people that became my brothers and sisters. It was said once that if you leave this earth with only things for yourself, then you haven't lived. But, if you leave this earth and your life lives on then you have lived. Holly lived and will continue to do so. Fly High my friend

Gloria Samuels

October 3, 2019

To the family and loved ones, rest assured that Holly will always be with you in spirit. I am grateful for the great advice Holly offered me. I'll never forget how she always had an answer to my questions; It's like she knew "everything about every thing".
Holly, you will truly be missed!!!

Phillip Shepperson

October 3, 2019

4 days later and I still don't have the words. Partly because I miss my sister and don't know what to say, and partly because there's no words to describe how special she was and what she meant to me. Touching on what Christian Bongiorno said though. The thing that meant the most to me about our relationship was that she trusted me unequivocally with her pride and joy, her most prized possessions, her reason for living......her children. That may not mean that much to some, but when an overprotective grizzly bear of a mama like Holly looks you in the eyes and tells you that she trust you with the lives of her children...…… Like I said, I have no words. I just know I miss her and still can't believe she's gone. I was telling Damion yesterday that I couldn't find my wallet and that I called her when I got to work to see if I had left it at home. 😢 I had to take a moment after that...…. Sorry, I'm rambling. I know I talk a lot for a person who has no words, but those closest to me understand. I know she's watching over me telling though. She's probably up there yelling at me for drinking her entire jug of sweet tea with my dinner. LOL. She was my younger, BIG SISTER. I love her, and I miss her dearly