Phyllis Smith Candler

Phyllis Smith Candler

October 9, 2021, 72, Goldsboro –

Phyllis Smith Candler peacefully transitioned from her earthen vessel into the throne room of glory in the early hours of Saturday, October 9, 2021. Phyllis was born in Wayne County to the late Andrew Earl Smith and Bessie Bedford Smith on May 29, 1949. In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by her brother, Danny Smith.

Phyllis enjoyed life and spending time with her family and friends. She was a valued employee of R.G. Barry Company in Goldsboro. After retirement, she returned to work for a short time with Goldsboro Neurology.

Phyllis was a profoundly caring person with a kind, gentle spirit that radiated compassion. Everyone who knew her loved her, and everyone she knew, she also loved. One of Phyllis’ greatest gifts was her concern for others. Phyllis loved and lived Christ-like, radiating His light in the world. She found great joy in service to others.

Phyllis enjoyed working in her yard. She immensely enjoyed seeing God’s hands create nature’s beauty. Phyllis also enjoyed seeing the beauty of the ocean and could often be found at the beach searching for seashells. She admired the beauty of lighthouses at the beach and for many years has enjoyed collecting lighthouses as shown throughout her home.

Phyllis loved her church, Living Waters Free Will Baptist, where she was a member for many years. She loved to study and read the Bible. In recent years, Phyllis worshiped at The First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Goldsboro.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 54 years, Bardo Candler; son, Stacy Candler and wife Lisa; sisters, LaRue S. Taylor and husband Johnny and Robin S. Sutton and husband Curtis; and several nieces and nephews she loved very much.

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 11, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home. A service to celebrate Phyllis’ life will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home. Interment will be in Wayne Memorial Park.

The family would like to give thanks to the wonderful staff at 3HC for the love and care they provided for Phyllis during her final days. Simple words cannot express our gratitude. Also a special thank you is given to the caregivers who cared for Phyllis over these recent months. Brandy Turner, Valerie Green and Tammy Ingram you were not only caregivers but also her special friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given in her memory to 3HC, 2402 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534 or to The First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1100 The First Church Road, Goldsboro, NC 27534.

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