Phyllis Anne Benge Brown, age 87, of Rock Hill, S.C., died January 21, 2020, at Park Point Village Retirement Community in Rock Hill, S.C.

Mrs. Brown was born on March 18, 1932, in Statesville, N.C., and was the daughter of the late Thurman Franklin Benge and the late Oleta Plyler Benge. She graduated from Statesville High School in 1950. She was married to the late James Franklin Brown in 1952. Phyllis was a lifetime Methodist who attended and was an active member of Moores Chapel United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., which she joined in September of 1974. She served as Membership Chairperson for more than 30 years and on other committees such as Church Board, was a delegate to the Annual Conference, and was very active in the United Methodist Women, serving as the treasurer. She was awarded the UMW Special Membership Pin for her service while previously attending Oak Grove UMC in Atlanta, Ga.

Mrs. Brown worked in Accounts Payable at Ivey’s Department Store after becoming an empty nester. She and her husband worked in Belk Theater for 13 years and worked with BB&T for three years during their retirement years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Franklin Brown; her brother, E. Boyce Benge of Brooklyn, N.Y., and her daughter, Gwendolyn Anne Brown-Carlysle of Birmingham, Ala.

Survivors include her sister, Janet Benge Turner of Kernersville, N.C.; her daughter, Chris Anna Brown (Smith) Lowe (Brian) of Jonesboro, Ga.; four granddaughters, Sabrina Carlysle Robertson (Matt) of Smiths Station, Ala., Moriah Carlysle Moore (Alan) of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Tammy Smith Fessler (Daniel) of Powder Springs, Ga., and Tracy Smith Dorics (Trever) of St. Augustine, Fla.; and four great-grandchildren, Caleb and Dylan (Fessler), and Angelica and Lysla (Robertson).

Graveside Services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Statesville, N.C., at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2020. A Memorial Service will be held at Moores Chapel UMC on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10:30 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. A Memorial service will also be held at Park Point Village Retirement Community on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Moores Chapel UMC, 10601 Moores Chapel Road, Charlotte, NC 28214 or to Park Point Village – Samaritan Fund, 3025 Chesbrough Blvd., Rock Hill, SC 29732.

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Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the Brown family.

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