June 21, 1931 ~ May 25, 2020
Born in: Jasper, TX
Resided in: Carson, CA
On Monday May 25, 2020 a Jasper, Texas native, Florine Phillips, lovingly called “Momma” transitioned home peacefully, at the age of 88 years old.
Born June 21st, 1931, Momma left Texas and headed west (on the train to California, in her red suit) where she met her husband Lloyd Phillips, “Daddy”. They eventually moved to Carson CA where she found her dream home. Momma worked very hard as a day worker in the valley. She loved her home very much and would get ideas for her home from the ladies she worked for in Hollywood. Her employers were all so generous to her and provided her with different types of furniture and clothes for her kids.
Planting St. Augustine grass and laying a brick fence around the house with her dad, Willie Good affectionately called “Big Daddy” was one of her favorite accomplishments. Momma also proudly poured concrete in the backyard, making a skating rink for the kids to roller skate all day and night.
She enjoyed seeing her family having a nice time laughing, eating and doing yard work in the backyard. She especially loved watching her grandchildren in the backyard playing. She recently put two basketball goals in the yard for everyone to play. She loved playing basketball, always cheering “Rope that goal!” There was no need for her to ever leave her home because she was content at home.
Despite having seven kids, Florine always made time for everyone. She had a special relationship and behavior with each child, and everyone was special to her. Momma had a plan to keep a Godly home and taught her kids at a young age how to love the Lord. She demonstrated her faith in God by singing and playing the piano; putting all the kids in the living room to memorize their scriptures, Psalms 23, 27, 68, 91, Luke 11, and many others. While she was not always affectionate by showing hugs and kisses, she showed her love by admonishing, correcting, and teaching her children to be soldiers of Christ.
Daily Momma would pray, sing and make the kids, march like soldiers into the living room as she played the piano to “We are Soldiers in God’s Army”. She felt one should always pray and worship God before the sun went down. Sometimes she would cry revealing her sincerity and just how strongly she believed in her devotion and God’s Word.
Momma was so industrious and resourceful. Some summer months, she would have the children cut up pieces of their clothes and sew them together to make blankets. In addition, summertime was spent cleaning up the house, weeds in the yard and cleaning windows and when that was finished, she would take the kids to the park to play and swim.
Sometimes, she did not know where the next meals would come from, but there were always banana cakes for birthdays, pork chops for lunch and cornbread and greens for dinner. Regardless, of the financial struggles Momma always came through for her family.
Momma, loved selling at the swap meet. The swap meet was her passion (and guess what, her password). When she sold at the swap meet, she would take her children to help. The kids would be out there from sun up until it closed. Her hopes were to sell everything she had and when she did not meet her goal, she took them for a treat. The very next day she would be there with Daddy’s tools, his clothes and items others gave her to sell. Clothes she didn’t sell she took to those in need, down to Skid Row and gave them out.
One day Momma found 2,500.00 dollars at the Roadium Swapmeet and turned it in. The people were amazed at her honesty. She would talk to the sellers about God and her “college” children. She was so proud they were doing life on their own. As much as Momma liked to save money, she always believed you should earn your own and pay your honest debt. “Owe no man nothing”, Momma said. She loved her kids so much and wanted them to do well. She always said give me high school and college will be for you. Knowing this, the siblings tried so hard to do well for her.
Momma loved Daddy. She would help him put engines in cars, motors in the washer, pipe the house, or whatever he needed. She was always present. She taught Daddy the Bible and gave him verses to memorize, nurturing him without even knowing it.
Momma loved God and taught her family about Christ. Whenever you spoke with her, she was always telling you about Christ and how much you should be serving him. If you were in error, she would tell you. She obeyed the gospel in 1975. Daddy later obeyed because of the classes she held with him at the house. She continued to study and have home Bible classes to really learn what the gospel of Christ (death, burial and resurrection) really meant. She loved worshiping and serving God.
She had not been able to attend services at Alondra Church of Christ, where she was a member. However, she faithfully worshiped Him throughout her illness until the last stroke in December 2019.
It brought her so much joy to be a homemaker, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. As a grandmother she was kind, encouraging, patient, giving, and prayed for each one of her grandkids daily. She would place their names in her Bible on a scripture meditating and praying that they would be protected and enjoy an abundant life.
We will miss her greatly, but we know she will live on through each and everyone one of us. We will always love our Momma.
Florine was preceded in death by her daughter, Winifred Phillips. She is survived by her husband, Lloyd Phillips. her seven surviving children Sandra Mixon, Marilyn Walton, Wanda Henderson (Mark), Noel Phillips (Lily), Lynette Phillips, Marty Phillips, Leara Phillips; Ten grandchildren (Sasheen Florine Cooper (Khristopher Battiste), Teresa Lynn Eoff (David IV), Valerie Henderson Brown, Maranda Henderson, Sasheen Phillips, Morgan Phillips, Mariah Phillips, Chyenne Shelby, Elianna Phillips and Noel Phillips Jr.; Eight great-grandchildren: Milan Malone, Mariaun Malone, Kendall Battiste, Penelope Brown, DaeLynn Eoff. David Eoff V, AJ, and Micah Banks. She is also survived by her 5 sisters: Christine Kaufman, Ezora Roberts, Elizabeth Choice, Artelia Walton (Virgil), Vera Toles (Clinton), and 3 Brothers: Thessadean Good (Ernestine), Clovie Good (Toni) and Don Wesley Good.