Sylvia Lynn Phillips Cothern, 70, of McComb, passed from this life Sept. 11, 2021, at Courtyard Rehabilitation and Healthcare.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and continues 10 a.m. Wednesday until services at 11 at Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit with Dr. David Millican officiating. Burial is in Woodlawn Cemetery in Summit.
Mrs. Sylvia was born in McComb on Dec. 31, 1950, and was the daughter of Preston and Marguerite Phillips.
She was married to Butch Cothern for 47 years before his passing in 2017.
She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. She worked in the nurseries at First Baptist Church in Summit and Friendship Baptist Church in Summit for many years. She also cared for many children in her home and in their homes through the years.
She was the best Mama, Mamaw, aunt and friend that anyone could have. Her family was her greatest joy, and she often said, “I am the happiest when we are all together.”
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, John Phillips; four sisters, Lois Newman, Edna Wells, Doris Silvio and Willene Guilbeau; four nephews, Wayne Newman, Paul Newman, Donnie Silvio and Carey Phillips, and one niece, Darla Silvio.
Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Dusty Cothern and Marilyn of Summit; a daughter, Melanie Weekley and Jeremy of Summit; a brother, Danny Wade Phillips and Marlene of Summit; grandchildren, Virginia Morin and Dexter Austin Surface, Tristan Cothern and Kaitlyn, Madilyn Cothern, Chase Williams and Brittany, and Cortney Williams; great-grandchildren, Millana and Jadalyn Morin, Parker and Kinley Williams, Preslie Surface, and Emmalynn and Creek Cothern; sister-in-law, Martha O’Quin; brother-in-law, Earl Guilbeau; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Pallbearers are Dusty Cothern, Jeremy Weekley, Austin Surface, Tristan Cothern, Bubba Bigner, and Russell Phillips.
Honorary pallbearers are Chris Weekley, Norman Jones Jr., Billy Newman, Tommy Newman and all of her other surviving nephews.
The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Luke Lampton and the staff at Magnolia Clinic, Chelsea Hill FNP, the staff at Beacham Hospital, the staff at Courtyard and the staff at Compassus Hospice for their compassion and care shown for our family during her recent illness.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in her name to Compassus Hospice, 119 W. Presley Blvd,., Suite D, McComb, MS 39648.