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OBIT: Helen Phillips Shoulders

Helen Phillips Shoulders

Mrs. Helen Phillips Shoulders, a longtime resident of the Dixon Springs Community, died at 9:34 a.m. Monday morning July 1, 2019 at The Pavilion Assisted Living in South Carthage under the loving care of HighPoint Hospice.

Mrs. Shoulders was among the first residents of the new Pavilion and made her home there since December 5, 2015.

Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted Wednesday afternoon July 3rd with Mrs. Shoulders pastor, Bro. Jimmy Gregory, officiating. Following the 3 p.m. services burial was beside her husband in the Beasley-Brooks section of the Dixon Springs Cemetery.

She was born Helen Frances Phillips in the Graveltown Community on August 10, 1923 and was the only child of the late Dixon Springs Community native John Phillips who died at the age of 72 on April 22, 1974 and Graveltown Community native Sue Ella (Susie) Gregory Phillips who died at the age of 78 on June 18, 1982.

On July 18, 1942 she was united in marriage to Graveltown Community native and World War II Army veteran, who was a recipient of the Purple Heart, James Gordon Shoulders who preceded her in death on June 8, 2001 at the age of 80 following fifty nine years of marriage.

They were preceded in death by their son, Jimmy Shoulders who died January 21, 1989 at the age of 42 in a plane crash in the Hiwassie Community; and by a grandson, James Dale Shoulders who died January 13, 2010 also at the age of 42.

Mrs. Shoulders was a longtime employee of the former Carthage Shirt Corporation and retired from the Texas Boot Company in Hartsville.

She was saved and in August of 1950 moved her church membership by letter to the Peyton Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving is her daughter, Betty Kay Shoulders Dowdy and husband Thomas of Hermitage; two granddaughters, Melissa Haney Berrett and husband Ted of Franklin, TN, Michelle Shoulders Moore and husband Roger of Lafayette, granddaughter-in-law, Nelda Williams Shoulders (widow of James Dale Shoulders) of Hartsville; step-granddaughter, Shawna Dowdy Fitzgerald and husband Gary and daughter Kayla Fitzgerald Perry and husband Bryce; six great-grandchildren, Bethany Deckard Quillen & husband Tyler, Ashley Deckard, Jackson Berrett, Tyler Berrett, Dalaney Shoulders, James Nathan Shoulders; two great-great-grandchildren, Damien Quillen and Zayley Brown.

The family requests memorials to the Peyton Creek Baptist Church.