Yvonne Cottle Pharr, 71, compassionate, caring Carolina Beach Drug Store co-owner

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Yvonne Cottle Pharr died Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice after a brief illness. She was 71.

She was born in Wilmington on Nov. 22, 1943, to Sylvia Alease Cottle and was a lifelong resident here.

She is survived by her two children , Greg Holt, wife, Monica, of Warrenton, Virginia and their two children, Kristen and Tyler Holt and Debra Reeves, of Wilmington and her children, Jordan Underwood and Ariel and Eric Reeves. She had a stepdaughter, Julie Baker and husband, Chris, of Atlanta. She also leaves behind a very special son-in-law, Jack Reeves and two great-grandchildren, Lilly and Leila, both of Wilmington. In addition, she is survived by her aunt, Celeste Schwinn, of Wilmington and her five children and a sister-in-law, Marylou Allred, husband David and son Peyton, of Fancy Gap, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Neil Pharr in October 2011.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary, Valley Chapel, with visitation held one hour prior to the service.

Yvonne had been a member of the Carolina Beach chapter of Beta Sigma Phi for the majority of her adult life where she did a lot of good deeds for her community and made many cherished lifelong friends whom she cared deeply about.

Mrs. Pharr and her husband Neil owned and operated the Carolina Beach Drug Store for decades. She worked tirelessly managing the business and keeping the books for the store. Most people of the town of Carolina Beach were customers at one time as well as thousands of tourists visiting the area. She and Neil will always be remembered for the many people they helped with their medical needs with compassion and understanding you can only get from a locally owned drug store where the owners are part of the community.

Mrs. Pharr’s legacy will be that of a woman who had an incredibly sweet spirit and an unbelievably generous heart with an amazing capacity to love and forgive. She will be missed dearly by all her family and friends.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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