Phyllis Hopkins Abeyounis, 99

WILMINGTON — Our beloved mother went to her eternal home on Sept 3, 2021, after a brief time at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.  We feel comfort in knowing Mom is dancing on the streets of gold, feasting at the table with her husband and family, and worshipping pain free in the presence of Our Lord and rejoicing in His Holy Name.

Born in Huntington, West Virginia in 1922, Phyllis was an executive administrator for Wells Lumber Company in Belhaven, North Carolina.  She was an astute business woman who loved the world of business.  Following World War II, she met the love of her life, our father, George Abeyounis. They were married 60 years until he succumbed to cancer in 2008. They had three children, Kay Abeyounis Davis, Jane Abeyounis Hollembeak, and Morris Edward Abeyounis. Spouses include Allen Davis, Robert Hollembeak, and Sandra Pope Abeyounis. They were blessed with two grandchildren, Matthew Hollembeak and Bryan Abeyounis. She is preceded in death by her parents, John C. Hopkins, Maude Reasor Hopkins, four sisters and infant brother, and a host of nieces and nephews.

In 1954, they moved from Belhaven, NC to Wilmington, NC, to raise their family and open a family business, Abeyounis Men Shop on Market Street. Phyllis gave up her career to raise three children and loved her role as a mother. She considered it a gift to raise children and was truly the most loving, giving, and exemplary role model to follow.

A lifelong Methodist, Phyllis was a charter member of Harbor United Methodist Church in Wilmington and was involved in numerous church activities. She loved going to Sunday school and studying the Bible and furthering her knowledge. She instilled in all her children the importance of faith and worship and exemplified her Christian faith in her daily life. Humility and kindness with a keen sense of humor were her mantra in life. Whenever we were overwhelmed, she would always say, “This too shall pass.”

We will all miss her laugh, infectious sense of humor, decency, and spunky spirit.  Her positive outlook on life was immeasurable and rarely did she complain about anything. She was fiercely loyal to her family and truly was the glue in our family. Her life meant the world to us and we will never be the same without her. But, we rejoice in knowing she is in Heaven with our Heavenly Father and loved ones.

Most of all, our mother taught us we are all God’s children, that we are all one and the same under the eyes of God, that respect is to be given to everyone, and that social graces are important in our daily living. We are forever grateful that God allowed us to have this beautiful woman to be our mother. Rest in eternity, precious Mom.

A graveside service will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, September 07, 2021 in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mom’s memory to any children’s charity of your choice since she adored all children. A favorite is St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

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