Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Ree Harwood Phillips

Ree Harwood Phillips, 90, of Albemarle, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Atrium Health Stanly. Funeral service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Salem United Methodist Church with Reverend David Talbert officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7PM on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care in Albemarle.

Born July 22, 1929, in Stanly County, Ree was the daughter of the late Lectie Poplin Harwood and D. Gilbert Harwood. Mrs. Phillips graduated Valedictorian from Millingport High School before completing her undergraduate at Catawba College. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree from UNC-Charlotte while teaching. Ree taught school for 30 years in North Carolina ending her career at Albemarle Junior High School. She was a lifetime member at Salem United Methodist Church where she was the organist for 15 years, taught Sunday school, was the early chairman of the 60+ club, and a longtime member of United Methodist Women where she received a special recognition pin. Ree established the Gilbert and Lectie Harwood Scholarship Fund in the early 1990’s and was the author of the book: History of Salem Church. The proceeds from the sale of the book were used to buy cabinets for the history room. Some of Mrs. Phillips favorite hobbies were reading, needlework, playing bridge, and putting together puzzles.

Ree is survived by her sons: James A. Phillips, Jr. (Karmen) of Albemarle, NC, Alan Harwood Phillips (Leslie) of Brecksville, OH, and Larry T. Phillips (Sandy) of Goose Creek, SC; grandchildren Gilbert A. Phillips, Paul T. Phillips, and Samuel J. Phillips all of OH; and step grandchild Savannah Mock. Mrs. Phillips is preceded in death by her husband James Alfred Phillips and brother D.G. Harwood, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Salem United Methodist Church Building Fund at 20897 NC-73, Albemarle, NC 28001.

Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle is serving the Phillips family.


  • Rick Russell Posted September 26, 2019 7:27 pm

    I just recently spoke with Mrs. Phillips and Thanked her for being my teacher in the 7th grade at Junior High. I told Mrs. Phillips that she let our whole class listen to the first Bealtes Album and how times have changed. Bless this Family I have Known for so Long. Rick Russell

  • Jenny Hatley Posted September 27, 2019 9:42 am

    Jim and family,
    I am saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. Prayers to you all.

  • W Jack Blankenship Sr Posted September 27, 2019 11:59 am

    Mrs Phillips was a Special Lady
    I’m so sorry for your Loss ?
    I’m Praying for the Family
    At this Sad time ?

  • Rod Almond Posted September 27, 2019 3:21 pm

    Mrs. Phillips was one of a kind. Jim, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking about you and your family at this time.

  • William Allen Posted September 27, 2019 5:28 pm

    Jim and famlies, May God give you peace and comfort doing this time of grief. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY

  • Bill & Kellie Tucker Posted September 28, 2019 10:45 am

    We’re so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts & prayers.

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