Phyllis Ring

IRON MOUNTAIN – Phyllis Ring, of Iron Mountain and Bradenton, Fla., died on June 12, 2013 in Manatee, Fla.

She was born on Sept. 2, 1942 in Sampson County, N.C., to the late Vander and Brilla Williams Smith.

She is survived by her loving husband, James Ring; daughters, Sonya (Robert) Pugh of Iron Mountain and Meloney (E.J.) Kubick of Nashotah, Wis.; grandchildren, Megan Phillips (Len Wahlstrom), Jordan Pugh (Stefanie Thomson), Landon Pugh, Irina Pugh and Evan Pugh; great-grandchildren, Haley Gabriel and LaVaya Wahlstrom; special “granddogs,” Ollie and Bella; sisters, Betty Lou Holland of Salemburg, N.C., Annette Tew of Rocky Mount, N.C., Joyce Jackson of Clinton, N.C.; brother, Charles Smith of Oak Island, N.C.; and sister-in-law, Betsy Stone of Witchita, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vander and Brilla Smith; sisters, Claire Arnett and Christine Rocconi; and brothers, V.B. Smith, Bronzie Smith, Harold Smith, Rudolph Smith and Mac Smith.

Phyllis was the youngest of 12 children and grew up on a farm in Salemburg. She attended Clement High School in Clement, N.C., and was a state champion basketball player. After graduating in 1960, she went to beauty school and earned a degree in cosmetology. The family made trips to Iron Mountain to visit her sister and Phyllis met and later married Jim, who lived across the street.

She was a hard worker, building two homes with her husband, and enjoyed spending time in the sun maintaining a yard full of plants and flowers. When she was younger she enjoyed league bowling, gardening and traveling. Later in life she enjoyed playing cards, trips to the casino, her home in Florida and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She and Jim were married on Aug. 25, 1963 in Iron Mountain. They were truly devoted to each other and this year would mark their 50th anniversary. She will be remembered for her kindness, her love for her family and the southern accent she never really lost.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Kevin Sullivan will officiate.

Burial will be in Cemetery Park.

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The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.