On Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at her home, God sent an angel to the bedside of Shirley Mae Miller Phillips and said to her, you have fought a good fight.

Shirley then closed her eyes to rest for her work has been done.

Born on May 6, 1939, in Sumter, she was the daughter of Robert and Sally Miller.

She attended the public schools of Sumter County and was a graduate of Lincoln High School, class of 1957. She attended Bethel AME Church.

She worked at Pioneer LTD and Crescent Tools for several years.

She was married to the late Robert A. Phillips and they were blessed with two sons.

Shirley leaves to cherish her memories her two sons, Reginald Phillips and Standley O. Phillips; a daughter-in-law, Patricia W. Phillips of Sumter; four sisters, Louise Miller of Sumter, Geraldine Allen of Las Vegas, Nevada, Wilma Burch of Jersey City, New Jersey, and Aleshia Miller of Florida; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a special care giver, Chandra Smiling of Sumter; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of her son, 5 Neal Street, Sumter.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.on Tuesday at John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter, with the Rev. Davie Brown - eulogist - officiating.

The funeral procession will leave from the home at 9:30 a.m.

Burial was in the Florence National Cemetery, 803 East National Cemetery Road, Florence.

These services have been entrusted to the Management and Staff of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter.

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