Elsie Phillips Yarbrough

February 10, 1939September 3, 2018
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Elsie Phillips Yarbrough , a native of Calhoun and resident of White Castle, passed away on September 3, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family at the age of 79. She was a retired LPN with over 45 years of service. She enjoyed watching her kids and grandkids participate at their sporting events, gardening and traveling. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and caring for others. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Jerry F. Yarbrough; one daughter, Sylvia Ourso (Donnie); four sons, Jerry W. Yarbrough (Arlene), Danny Yarbrough (Regina), Kenneth Yarbrough (Kim), and Brad Yarbrough (Eva); one sister, Gloria Jane Phillips; thirteen grandchildren, Addie Loupe (Jason), Jesse Yarbrough, Donnie Ourso (Amber), Deric Ourso (Ellie), Erin Simon (Ian), Trent Yarbrough (Brickley), Kip Yarbrough (Sara), Kade Yarbrough (Mikalynn), Keri Yarbrough, Bailey Yarbrough, Brant Yarbrough, Brynn Yarbrough and Brady Yarbrough; nine great-grandchildren along with a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Luther Phillips; two sisters, Hazel Cox and Murrell Phillips; and one brother, Arthur Phillips. The pallbearers will be Jesse Yarbrough, Deric Ourso, Trent Yarbrough, Donnie Ourso, Kip Yarbrough, Kade Yarbrough and Brant Yarbrough. The family would like to give a special thanks to the many caregivers, neighbors, close friends, Comfort Care Hospice and Gwen Morris for their support and care during this time. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at First Baptist Church at 9:00 am with funeral services to begin at 11:00 am in White Castle. Pastor Kyle Pieri will be officiating. Burial to follow in White Castle Mausoleum. If you would like to offer the family condolences, please sign the online guestbook at


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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Deda Richardson

September 27, 2018

I am so saddened to know that Ms. Elsie has left us behind.
I am, however, glad that her pain and suffering is over with.

Ms. Elsie adored her entire family. She would share stories about all of them. It would make her day when any of them would come see her or if she was able to visit them.

She was a true and faithful christian whose faith was stronger than her pains.

My heart breaks for Jerry and the entire family. She was truly the matriarch of this family. I wish I could have visited her just one more time. She will be so missed by so many.

God loves you! I hope we meet again.

Jane Phillips

September 8, 2018

Elsie ( I called her Sis) has been my special Sister since the day I was born. When I turned 13 mts. of age Mom gave me to Sis as a bed partner as my baby Brother was born & I had to give him the baby bed. She was there with me until she married but never far away. I missed her so when my Dad was transferred away until I spent summers with her & my Sister Hazel. Our love was mutual. She has always been there to love, give love & to talk to. I am the last of 5 siblings & with her gone I have such a loss for my dear kind, loving, sweet, caring, giving & christian beloved Sister. I am so glad God gave her to me to be my Sister. We never had a cross word or a misunderstanding in our entire life. My heart hurts & longs to talk with her because my loss is so great. I know she is with her Jesus & loved ones in heaven with no more pain or suffering. I admire, have great respect & honor her for the true saint she was & the way she endured her health problems as a real trooper. She gave me some sweet beautiful nephews & a niece , greats & great greats ...which I love so dearly. My prayers are not only for me but for Jerry who was always there & good to her with a real love as were all her children, grands, great grands, son-in-law, daughter in laws & all her beautiful family & friends. I know she is looking down on each of us with a beautiful smile & asking her Savior Jesus Christ to bless & see after each of us loved ones family & friends. Of coarse he is giving her the desires of her heart & I take comfort in knowing that & that she is well. So RIP my Sis until we meet again in eternity ...never to part again & enjoy heaven until I join you. Love you forever in my heart. Jane

Elsie Phillips Yarbrough

September 5, 2018

Jerry and family, John and I were so sorry to read in today's paper that Elsie passed away. She was a special lady and and we cherish our memories of her and the good visits we had with her at Lake Verrett. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. John and Marianne Berthelot

Iris&Matil Callegan

September 5, 2018

Elsie has always been a true friend of ours since the day we moved next door to Jerry and her.She was a great wife,mother, and Christian,kind hearted and enjoyed singing Christian songs.She always had an ear to listen to what you had to say about anything.Everybody loved her and she will be greatly missed.
We know she is at peace with the Lord.

Carol Mancuso

September 4, 2018

From the moment I met Elsie and Jerry, I knew they were special people.
We had good times with our sons Byron and Brad.
Elsie, I know you have gained your wings and smiling down on all.
May you rest in peace. I will never forget you!
Prayers for all the family,
Love , Philip and Carol

Jennifer Yarbrough Williams

September 4, 2018

I will never forget about 7 years ago my darling Aunt Elsie became concerned that living out West I would not have a King Cake like any good Southerner ...even half ... would need . So a few days later what should show up at my door but one shipped King Cake from her local bakery . I kept the “king” as a reminder of her kindness and pulled it out last night to say Good Bye . She was an inspiration to Me of one who knew and followed the Real King ...Jesus Christ . So until We meet again at His feet Aunt Elsie Thank You for the example you always set for Me .

Edna Latino

September 4, 2018

How do you summarize a shared friendship of over forty years? Maybe the answer lies with a broken, yet grateful heart, for having known, loved, and admired Elsie P. Yarbrough. Let me share a few of the ways I admired her: In the years of dedication to the love and support of her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren in her role as matriarch in the Yarbrough family; In the life she lived in years of service, sharing her gift of nursing skills in the care and comfort of others; In the strength and faith she maintained through the years of poor health with the perpetual expressions--"It'll get better" or "It'll be all right." Finally, it is "better" and "all right" for Elsie, a true friend--"a masterpiece in nature"--as she now dwells in the arms of our Savior and within our hearts forever. She did not go empty-handed. She took the love and admiration of so many of us with her. Go with God, "good and faithful servant" Elsie Yarbrough.