Phyllis June Harris May, 76, of Ulysses, KY, entered into her heavenly home on January 8, 2018 while surrounded by her loving family. Her faith and walk with God gave her strength and courage to fight her battle and ultimately gave her eternal peace as her Lord and Savior received her gone.
(A Psalm of David, 23) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Phyllis was born November 5, 1941 in Thacker, WV. She was the daughter of the late Joe and Grace (Carroll) Harris. Phyllis was a retired Critical Care Registered Nurse, having worked in the Intensive Care Unit of Three Rivers Medical Center of Louisa, KY and Humana Hospital of Lexington, KY for over 32 years. On May 6, 2004 Phyllis was named Kentucky Nurse of the Year by the Kentucky Nurses Association for her excellence in service and dedication as an outstanding nurse in the field of critical care. Phyllis received a citation of honor in 2005 from the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in recognition of her superior level of achievement in the field of nursing. Phyllis was also given the high honor of being named a Kentucky Colonel. Besides being a nurse, Phyllis was also owner and operator of 23 Monogramming.
A devoted member of her church, Charley Free Will Baptist, of Charley, KY. Phyllis served the church in many areas including, president of the Ladies Axillary (Sisters for Christ), youth teacher, as well as, helping to prepare and serve monthly meals to the area shut-ins. Phyllis also established and worked in the church food pantry. It was not uncommon to find her at the church weekly, working, cleaning and doing for others. However, if you ask Phyllis what her greatest accomplishment in life was she would be quick to tell you it was her three children, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Truly her love for her family was beyond measure.
In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by a grandson, Steven Troy Bryant. Three brothers, K.D. Harris, Angelee Harris, and Jack Harris. Two sisters, Freida Ann Ward and Thelma Jean Peirson.
Phyllis is survived by her two daughters, Debbie and husband Troy (Jr) Bryant of Charley, KY, Linda and husband Rev. David Smith of Matewan, WV and son Bobby Joe May of Ulysses, KY. A granddaughter, Cydney and husband Brian Watkins of Teays Valley, WV. Great granddaughter, Whitney Bryant, of Louisa, KY and great grandson, Maddox Watkins of Teays Valley, WV. Two brothers, Jerry and wife Judy Harris, of Los Angeles, California, Bruce (Bojangles) and wife Sherry Harris of Inez, KY, and sister, Kathy and husband David Christian of Proctorville, OH as well as a special little boy that called her mammaw, Harley Ray Dowden Smith. Phyllis is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and two very special friends, Ida Smith and Starr Mosley.
Funeral services for Phyllis will be held on Thursday, January 11, at 11:00am at Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa, KY with Revs. Jimmy Stanley and David Smith and Pastor Todd Webb officiating. Pallbearers include Troy Bryant Jr., Mitchell Maynard, Scottie Hayes, Micah Marcum, David Christian, Lewis Ford, Marvin Ford, Terry Maynard, and Daniel Cantrell. Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 10 beginning at 6:00pm. Burial will follow in the Yatesville Memorial Gardens. Wilson Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the family.
The family would like to extend their sincere heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Amber and Jamie of Community Hospice of Ashland, KY, 5th floor J Section Nursing Staff of Kings Daughters Hospital, Dr. Martin and staff, Dr. Teaurblous and staff, Dr. McGreay and Dr. Elizabeth Saul of Three Rivers Medical Center.