January 26, 2024

Proverbs 31:31 “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

Tuesday evening, January 23, 2024, Phyllis Ann Strouth went to be with her Lord and Savior. Phyllis lived 89 incredible years loving and caring for her family she adored.

Phyllis was the matriarch of her family and the heart of her home. Known affectionately as Mom and Nan, she devoted her life to her faith, family, and friends. Though her loving presence will be missed beyond comprehension, we cling to the promise of being with her again someday.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Morgan Tennyson & Ada Mae Elkins; sisters, Lois Holbrook, Mildred Schindler and Ruthie Elkins; brothers, Morgan Elkins, James Elkins and Roger Elkins; first husband, Douglas Mullins, Sr.

She is survived by her husband of 13 years, Philemon Strouth of Wise, VA; daughter, Cuba (Frank) Mullins of Lake Park, GA; son, Douglas Mullins, Jr. of Pound, VA; grandchildren, Joshua (Shannon) Potter, Justin (Karrie) Potter, Eliza Mullins, Sophie (Daniel) England and Olivia (Landon) Elkins; great-grandchildren, Caleb & Megan Potter; sisters, LaVonne (Bob) Reed, Charlene (Terry) McGuire and Jackie Bates; brother, Ernie (Cleo) Elkins and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Nan’s love language was cooking, and she found great joy and satisfaction in feeding her family. Making sure you were always full, it was not uncommon for her to ask if you wanted a sandwich an hour following a Thanksgiving meal. If you left her house hungry, it was your fault. Everything she prepared was delicious. She was also devoted to the safety and well-being of her children. Before a beach vacation, she always reminded her babies, “don’t get in the water.” She regularly called to check on us all. No matter where she was, a deep sense of home and contentment followed.

She was so proud of her Hall of Fame Induction at her alma mater. She was recognized at the Fleming-Neon High School class reunion for her excellent ability to play the drum in her marching band. She fondly shared memories of those days with us on occasion. She was recently reunited with the actual drum she played in the 1950s, and she played it proudly for her family last year on Christmas day. Mom always wanted to do her best, and we all learned from her example.

Funeral services for Phyllis Ann Strouth will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 27, 2024 at the Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel in Wise, VA with Rev. Randy Carter officiating. Family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. till time of services at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Sturgill Funeral Home in Wise, VA. Graveside committal services and burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, January 28, 2024 at the Arvil Mullins Cemetery in Pound, VA. Family and friends will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday at the funeral home to go to the cemetery in procession.

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Sturgill Funeral Home 1621 Norton Road SW Wise, VA 24293 is in charge of arrangements.