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Kay Bumgarner Edwards Carpenter Phillips

Lebanon, Va.


I, Kay Bumgarner Edwards Carpenter Phillips, joyfully departed this earthly existence into Jesus’s arms, Tuesday, March 8, 2022.


I was born to the late Carl George Bumgarner and Pearle Penland Bumgarner on August 6, 1939 at Bucu, Va. A beautiful state to arrive in and depart from.


Four siblings proceeded me in going home, Donald Bumgarner, Michael Bumgarner, infant brother, Jackie Ray and infant sister, Carolyn Ruth; and granddaughter, Amanda Edwards. I was blessed to have had two wonderful husbands, Frank Carpenter III and John Phillips.


I am survived by my wonderful children, David Edwards and wife, Linda, Kim Forest and fiancé, Don Davenport, Anita Prater and husband, James; two brothers, Ben Bumgarner and wife, Tiny and Phil Bumgarner and wife, Shirley; seven grandchildren, Rebecca Kestner, Victoria Browning, Daniel Harman, Michael Edwards, Camden Hillman, Logan Hillman, and Aaron Roberts; six great-grandchildren, Marah Goebel, Bridgett Goebel, Hannah Payne, Samuel Payne, Blaze Hillman, and Rayne Hillman; one very special great-great granddaughter, Keeta Pheonix Mullins (aka Mawmaw’s baby); and her companions, Dakota the dog and Autumn the cat.


As per my request, there will be no service and interment is private.


Thanks to all my family and friends, it’s been a wonderful life.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org.


To share memories of Kay Bumgarner Edwards Carpenter Phillips, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Kay’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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A candle was lit in memory of Kay Phillips

Kim Smith Mar 12 2022 10:50 PM

Aunt Kay, I will miss our hour long plus conversations on the phone catching up on current events, but more than that, our reminiscing of days past. You were always so impressed of the details I recalled of my childhood growing up in Lebanon with you. But, the reason I recalled them so distinctly was because of the many fond memories etched in my mind with you and Uncle Frank. If I had a quarter for every time you would remind me of how Uncle Frank would say to me as I climbed the stairs "Is that you Baby Bones." :) You were such a strong matriarch of the family and I have and always will admire your tenacity. From one strong woman of the Bumgarner clan to another- R.I.P my beautiful and bold Aunt Kay, until we meet again in heaven.

Michelle Noble Mar 12 2022 8:16 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Kay Phillips

Kim Forest Mar 12 2022 2:58 PM

Mom, I still am lost for words. I know you are in heaven dancing around the throne of our Lord. One day I will be joining you and all those we loved here on earth. I love you so very much and am thankful for our years together on this property. My heart aches thinking of being here alone . I just hang on to the assurance I will be seeing you. By the way Mom, who ran first Dad or John? These private jokes will always bring smiles to my face. Later, Kim

Kim Forest Mar 12 2022 2:56 PM

You were a beautiful person inside and out. RIP my friend

Cathie Willis Mar 12 2022 11:40 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kay Phillips

Cathie Willis Mar 12 2022 11:39 AM

Grandma, I love you and will miss you greatly. I'm sorry we didn't get to spend a lot of time together lately. We will have all eternity to catch up. I love you!
Your Grandson

Michael Edwards Mar 12 2022 8:28 AM

Kay, you always said I was the sister you never had. We had a lot of good times together throughout many years that I will always treasure.
A lot of those times were long late night phone calls.
I always knew that if I could not sleep you would always be awake reading a good book or crocheting. You were always glad to hear from me & up for a long catch up conversation.
Kay, it is hard to believe I will never be able to pick up the phone & hear your voice.
Until I see you again I will
Miss you so bad it hurts.

Shirley Bumgarner Mar 11 2022 11:04 PM

Kay and I have been friends for years. When life intruded it could be a few years before we got back in touch with each other. It was like we picked up where we left off. Kay loved her family deeply. Kay loved her friends, I was honored to be her friend. I loved Kay very much. I will miss her and our visits. Kay you are with Jesus and God now. Tell John I miss him.

Donna Hale Mar 11 2022 10:18 PM

I know Kay was met with open arms by former friends and relatives welcoming her to her new life. She will be missed.

Hobbs Charlotte Mar 11 2022 8:48 PM

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