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Phyllis Borders Kearns

November 19, 1932 November 20, 2018
Phyllis Borders Kearns
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Mrs. Phyllis Borders Kearns, 86, of Beautancus Road, Mount Olive, passed away Tuesday afternoon, November 20, 2018 at Brookdale Country Day Road, Goldsboro.

Born in Pueblo, Colorado, as a young lady she met her husband to be, Merle Kearns, a military man, while he was stationed in Wyoming. After their marriage, his military career took them to various assignments, one of those being Seymour Johnson Air Base in Goldsboro. After retirement, they relocated to the Mount Olive area where they managed the Southern Belle Motel in Mount Olive. Later on, she would be employed with Barwick & Blackwelder Insurance Agency, also in Mount Olive. She was a member of Salem Advent Christian Church and had been in its choir.

Mrs. Kearns was preceded in death by her husband, Merle E. "Sarge" Kearns; her parents, Walter Borders and Grace Smith Borders Goodknight; and a brother, Walter Borders.

She is survived by three sons, William Russell "Rusty" Kearns and wife, Susan Katrina Kearns, of Houston, Texas, Lawrence Allen "Larry" Kearns of Mount Olive, and David Allison Kearns and wife, Janet Kearns, of the Rosewood area of Goldsboro; five grandchildren, Melissa Kearns of Houston, Texas, Christopher Kearns of Pearland, Texas, Kyle Grey and wife, Kathryn, of Wake Forest, Kasey Sander and husband, Mike, of Pikeville, and Daniel "Boone" Moody of Rosewood; and seven great-grandchildren, L. J., Laela, and Levyn Walker, Leanna Marie Kearns, Elle Kearns, Felicity Grace Kearns, and Thompson Porter Grey.

Funeral services will be Monday, November 26, at 11 a.m. from Tyndall Funeral Home with burial following in Wayne Memorial Park.


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