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Alberta Virginia Phillips


Sunrise: June 18, 1938

Sunset: October 11, 2020

On Sunday, October 11, 2020, St. Alberta Phillips passed peacefully into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

St. Alberta Phillips, affectionately known as “Baby”, “Gram Gram”, and “Squishy Grandma”, was a native of Chesapeake and was born to the late Deacon Joshua and Emma Smith on June 18, 1938. She was predeceased by her beloved sister Cloria Rayner.

A graduate of Crestwood High School, she married the love of her life, the late Forrest Phillips, Sr.

St. Phillips was a lifelong, dedicated member of the United House of Prayer for All People. As a faithful member, she received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost during the Flood Gate Revival. Her favorite song was “I’m Going to Work Until My Day is Done,” which was reflected through her G- class and other works in the House of Prayer. She served as the Vice President of the Senior Female Usher Board, also known as the “Thunderbolts” and was elected the President for over 30 years. In her later years, she was named the Honorary President of the Senior Female Usher Board.

Singing was her great joy!  St. Phillips loved singing with the Philharmonics and the Heavenly Gospel Choir.  But her greatest joy was singing with her sisters, also known as the Smith Sisters.

A caregiver at heart, she was responsible for taking care of her many nieces and nephews, and eventually caring for their children. Her kindness and love of children was also extended beyond family. If anyone was in need of a caregiver, it was well known “Aunt Berta” was who you contacted.

An unsung advocate for those unable to defend themselves, she stood up to unfair housing practices by serving on various neighborhood committees. As a result, neighbors received financial compensation from the government. She believed in equality and was not afraid to speak up against injustice.

Blessed with many gifts such as being a great cook and having a green thumb; she could make any plant or flower blossom. She was a handywoman, always fixing things around the house without hesitation. She was a hairdresser, fashionista, great listener and always provided a shoulder to cry on. St. Phillips was also funny, enjoyed traveling (especially with her sisters) and was not afraid to try new things. One of the new things St. Phillips tried was playing golf. Her motto was “Enjoy Life”.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories; two daughters, Marvella Phillips and Karen Phillips, two sons, Forrest Phillips Jr., and Darnell Phillips (Nichelle); the loves of her life, her two granddaughters, Andrea Phillips, Kyla Phillips, and a special grandson Brian Sanderson.

Four sisters, Emma Sivels, Della Cowell, Ida Benson, Brenda Buggs(George); a foster sister, Kimberly Parker (McKinley); 5 brothers, Pastor Joshua Smith, Jr. (Mildred), Robert Smith (Barbara), Deacon Stephen Smith, Deacon George Smith (Ida), Joey Smith(Bernadette), Six sister-in- laws Carlene Evans, Arlene Wilson, Darlene Griffin (Powanzieo),Gracie Phillips, Joanne Phillips, Phyliss Phillips and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Viewing Friday, October 16, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Saturday, October 17, 2020 11:00am United House of Prayer for All People 1433 Whittamore Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 Interment United House of Prayer Church Cemetery 1433 Whittamore Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Gina Reyes says

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. May the Lord bless and comfort you during this difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Gina Reyes

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    Mr and Mrs Sears says

    I’m am so sorry at the passing of your loved one. I pray your strength in the lord. What a faithful and dutiful saint she was , until the end. She used to sing the song I’m going to work until my day is done and that’s what she did.May God Bless you in your time of sorrow.

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    Darnell Phillips says

    I want to say as your Son…Mama ,job well done!🙌🏾You will be missed sorely .I love you always and thank God for giving me the best Mother and friend in the world.

    Your Son Darnell

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      Priscilla L. Elliott says

      My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. She was a wonderful person. May God be with you.

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    Tony Wilson says

    My Condolences go out the the Phillips family. Praying that you get through this time of loss of your Love one. My prayers and thoughts go out to your entire family. Stay strong and know that God Loves you and he loves her.
    Tony Wilson

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    Andy Ward says

    I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family;
    Sincerely;
    Andy Ward

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    Linda Jackson says

    Forrest you have my deepest sympathy. My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. May God Bless you and your family with strength as you grieve with the lost of your mother.
    God Bless,
    Linda Jackson #1841

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    Jenny Givens says

    Darnell, Marvella and the rest of this wonderful family: I’m so very sorry about your mother, and I’m so grateful that I got to spend just a little bit of time with her over the past few years. She raised such amazing human beings, which is a testament to her strength, character and love. We wish you comfort and eventual peace.

    With love,
    Jenny Givens (Dave & Milo, too)

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    Wanda Cowell says

    My heart is filled with sorrow for the loss of my wonderful and beloved Aunt Alberta. Who took care of my daughter Ebony , and was her first school teacher getting here ready for preschool. Always there with and empowering word and a song in her heart..
    “For you may never know ,all the lives that you have touched”
    We will miss you always your niece Wanda ,and great niece Ebony..

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    Carol & Rudy Rayner says

    Our deepest and most sincere prayers to the immediate Family. Aunt Alberta will be missed for her tireless efforts to support her Family with exceptional childcare and love. We all will miss her.

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