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Phyllis Ann Bowers Dunn, 80, award-winning artist

Phyllis Ann Bowers Dunn

HAMPSTEAD — Phyllis Ann Bowers Dunn, 80, formerly of Surfside Beach, South Carolina, joined her savior Jesus Christ Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, after a six-month, courageous battle with cancer.

She was born June 2, 1940, in Bristol, Tennessee, and has rejoined her loved ones; parents, Floyd (Dock) and Ruth Callahan; brother, Donald Callahan and living wife, Nancy; dear beloved son, Steven Dale Bowers; and late husband, Tony Dale Bowers, father to her children. Also, Phyllis’s husband of 42 years, Franklin Arthur Dunn, who preceded her in death by a mere few weeks.

She is survived by two brothers, Bill Callahan, and his wife, Georgia, and Jerry Callahan; two children, Karen Denise Wiles, and her late husband, Buddy Wiles; son, Christopher William Bowers, and his wife, Audrey; two beloved grandchildren, Shannon Dawn Slone, and her husband, Jason, and Matthew Shaun McGrady; two great-grandchildren Cameron Pierce and Landon Matthew Slone, her pride and joy; and two lifelong and endearing close friends, Beryl Perry Lumpkin and Dixie Dugan.

Phyllis was a lifelong, award-winning, talented artist and her creative abilities were endless. She often said her children were the greatest of all her many creations. Those who visited her home often left feeling as though they had visited a small art museum.

She was a courageous woman whose strength was endless at 28, raising three children alone after the sudden and tragic death of her children’s father. She was hardworking and a great asset to the Waccamaw Art Guild in South Carolina for many years. She was a great listener and advisor to her family and also worked as a volunteer for many years at the Bristol Virginia Crisis Center in her earlier years. She was a member of the Scenic Park Baptist Church in Bristol, Virginia.

She will be dearly missed and never forgotten for all who were privileged to know and love her. A special thank you to Well Care and Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Hospice. Additionally, the family would like to extend a special thanks to Brooke, home health nurse with Well Care; Mary and the entire staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice; and Doug with Andrews Mortuary.

She will be laid to rest in Sea Lawn Cemetery, Hampstead, after a private, descendants-only funeral service Tuesday, Feb. 23, hosted by Andrews Mortuary. A celebration of life for Phyllis and her husband will be held at a later date for distant family and friends.

Donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401. Surf City Florist of Hampstead will be in charge of all flower arrangements.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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