Francell Phillips, 92, formerly of Seymour, TN, died Monday, September 18, 2023 at Lakewood Senior Living, Boiling Springs.
Francell was born in Wellford, S.C. on August 16, 1931 to the late Isham Vernon and Evie (nee Brittain) Coleman. A graduate of Winthrop College, Francell worked for the TVA making maps in Chattanooga, TN. She married Melroe Clayton Phillips on January 21, 1956. When they moved to Oscoda, MI, she began working as a civilian for Wurtsmith AFB, first as a draftsman, briefly as a housing officer, and finally as the Director of the Craft Department where she made many friends and taught classes in such things as tole painting and stained glass. A driven artist, Francell filled her home with her creations and loved making things for friends and family, especially ceramics, paintings, and applique quilts. Always busy, she also canned, sewed, traveled, and read voraciously. She enjoyed crossword and sudoku puzzles and nature, especially birds, her favorite being the cardinal.
Francell is survived by daughter, Deborah (Norman) Englund; granddaughter Charlotte Englund; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by daughter, Zelda Phillips, her siblings: Lorraine (JO) Walker, Doris (Lucas "Buck") Greer, Murray (Geneva) Coleman, Artie (Gerrell) Galloway, Lynn Coleman, one niece and two nephews.
The family will receive friends from 10:00AM until 11:00AM on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Seawright Funeral Home in Inman. Funeral Services will follow at 11:00AM on Saturday, September 23rd at Seawright Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney.
An online register is available at www.seawright-funeralhome.com.