Phyllis Louise Barringer Safrit, 87, of Mt. Pleasant went to be with her Creator and Jesus Christ her Savior on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, after extended health issues and the loss of her beloved husband of 67 years in Feb. She died at the Safrit's 100 year old farm house, 1639 St. John's Church Rd, in Concord, under the care of hospice.
The funeral service will be held in the family barn, May 2, 2021. The family will receive friends at the farm, 1639 St. John's Church Rd. Concord, NC in the granary from 2-3:45pm. The funeral will follow at 4pm. She will be laid to rest at St. John's Lutheran Church, Concord. The family understands that friends and family may not be able to attend the service, so they request that you share a story of Phyllis on the Wilkinson Funeral Home website and watch the live video.
Born Oct. 4, 1933 to the late Hiller Barringer and Callie Winecoff Barringer of Kannapolis, she was one of eight children. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray Beaver Safrit; six siblings, Charles, Betty, Richard, Ruby, David and Hilda: son, Stephen; and granddaughter, Casey.
She is survived by her daughter, Libby Verble; son, Danny Ray Safrit (Taska); daughter, Annette Baker (Steve); grandchildren, Karen Tindal (Steven), Jamie Policastro (JP), Kalie Thomas (Greg), Sam Verble, Luke Verble (Anna), Noah Verble, Jordan Safrit (Leah), Grady Baker, Haeley Conovaloff (Adam), Arlynn Thomas (Blake), Merek Slagle, Brittney Morrison (Nick), and Madison Slagle; great-grandchildren, McKenna, Kayla, Karlie, Elijah, Axxle, Kate, Alyssa, Katie Rae, Oaklyn, Carter, Bella, Kennedy; brother, John Barringer (Beverly); sister-in-law, Martha Barringer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She graduated rom A. L. Brown in Kannapolis, where she played the violin in the orchestra. Her love of music lead her to direct 2 different youth choirs and sing at numerous weddings. Phyllis worked for A&P and Harris Teeter in Concord. She was awarded a long term service award at Harris Teeter.
She was a godly woman who helped establish four new starter churches. She loved to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir every Sunday, as well as classical music and hymns. She read her Bible daily and always provided a meal to folks when they had a death in the family.
As a farmer's wife she spent many summer nights picking, prepping, canning and freezing the garden vegetables. She was right there helping out on the farm until an injury limited her mobility. In her 80's she enjoyed sitting on the porch, where she watched the hummingbirds and birds in the yard at the feeders. She always had a goodie table in the kitchen for visitors of all ages to enjoy and made sure the kids always got a treat.
She loved traveling with her husband, family and friends and visited 49 states. She also liked to visit lifelong friends in other states and kept in touch with a hand written Christmas card every year. She enjoyed spending vacations with her family in the mountains.
She was a loving and wonderful wife, mom, grandma and great grandma. She never met a stranger and had many friends wherever she went. Most everyone she knew adopted her as their mom or grandma.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Community Home Care and Hospice and her caregivers, Karma, Stephanie, Amanda, Madison, and Tina, for all their loving care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Cooperative Christian Ministries, PO Box 1717, Concord, NC 28026-1717; Community Home Care and Hospice, 156 Corporate Boulevard, Indian Trail, NC, 28079; or Fusion City Church, PO Box 636, Kannapolis, NC 28082.