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It is with sadness that the Phillips family of Roanoke, shares the heartbreaking news that Rosie, (59) transitioned peacefully surrounded by loved ones, on Tuesday morning, January 2, 2024. Born in Roanoke, Randolph County, Alabama, to the late Arthur and Mary (Allen) Watts, Rosie is now at rest with her beloved mother, father, sister, Sally and brother, Arthur, all who preceded her to eternity. She will be deeply missed in our community, but moreso by her husband, Sammy; children: Alma, Terrell, Samantha, Malcolm; and special cousin, Robert A. Joiner of Roanoke. Rosie will be missed and always remain close through our memories of her as a strong courageous young woman who carried herself with grace. She was at Tanner Medical Center, East Alabama in Wedowee. Services for Mrs. Phillips are pending and will be announced.
Ms. Rosie Lee Watts was born in Roanoke, Randolph County, Alabama on September 13, 1964, to the parentage of the late Arthur Will Watts, and Mary Emily (Allen) Watts. She was one of three siblings — a sister and brother — born to this parentage. Both siblings preceded her in death. They were Arthur Curtis "Jody" Watts, and Sallie Emily Watts. From childhood, she was a member of the Rocky Mount United Methodist Church in Roanoke.
Rosie grew up and attended Randolph County Schools, graduating from Wadley High School with the class of 1983. She was a very smart young lady, having worked the longest as a seamstress at Terry Manufacturing Company, in Roanoke, where she also fielded many other responsibilities. She also worked at Rosser's Nursing Home, in the Laundry area; and she performed Private Services for Mrs. LaVerne Rowe's Nursing Care Home. She taught for a short time at the Roanoke Head Start Program however, later Rosie was forced to leave the job market because of health-related concerns.
She married and devoted herself to the love of her life, Sammy Eugene Phillips. Rosie and Sammy went together for a long time. So, they had a very long courtship. The way she met Sammy was through their families being long-time friends. Sammy's mother, Mrs. Audrey Owens knew Rosie's family. After a long courtship, they married on April 12, 2001, at Randolph County Courthouse in Wedowee.
When asked how she would choose to be remembered, her reply was: "I want to be remembered as the loving person that I am; that would help anybody who needed help if I'm able to help. I want to be remembered as a thoughtful person... I have a generous heart; and over here on Seymour Drive, I want to be remembered for being the best cook on the grill; and everything! When I cook, I feed the whole neighborhood. I LOVE to cook, OUT THERE IN MY WHEELCHAIR.
These are the people she wants to remember and recognize as family and having a special place in her heart:
Her husband, Sammy Eugene Phillips of Roanoke, AL; four (4) children — two (2) daughters, and two (2) sons: Alma Latasha Houston (Allen Houston), Terrell Johnson, Samantha Houston all of Roanoke, and Malcolm Phillips of Atlanta, GA; a sister-in-law, Emily Ann Watts of (Broughton Ridge) Roanoke; eight (8) grandchildren; nieces, Christino Phillips and Lisa Allen of Roanoke; nephew, Lamont Phillips (deceased); three (3) great-nephews: Jalin Shepherd, Shajuan Phillips and Belal Thompson; her special cousin, Robert Alton Joiner of Roanoke; a special Friend: Mary Frances Jones of Roanoke, AL; a cousin Shane Lee and April Goss all of Roanoke and so many others that can't be named.
PLEASE NOTE: All service times shown reflect Central Daylight Time
OFFICIATING: Reverend Michael J. Joiner (Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Heflin, AL)
EULOGIST: Pastor Charlie Burdette (Mount Olive United Methodist Church, Wadley, Alabama)
OTHER MINISTERS SHARING THE ROSTER: Reverend William Crawford, Apostle William Heard
MUSIC: To Be Announced
VOCALISTS: To Be Announced
PALLBEARERS: Friends and Family
FLOWER BEARERS: Friends and Family
PLEASE NOTE MASKING CONSIDERATIONS...
The State of Alabama does not have a state-wide mask mandate however, WE ASK all visitors and guests of the family to please note that the incidence of COVID-19 cases throughout Alabama are rising.
CLARK MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICE MASKING CONSIDERATIONS...
**Masking IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED** but not required
Our sincere prayers for comfort and peace are sent forth during this time of sadness; and as always, we express deepest gratitude to our communities for sharing with the Phillips, Watts and Allen families during the very difficult loss of their beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and faithful friend, Mrs. Rosie Lee Watts Phillips