Alice McPhail
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Alice Pauline Thomas McPhail, 84, a longtime resident of the Prospect community in Cleveland, went home to be with her Heavenly Father Saturday night, July 5, 2014, from a local hospital, following a brief illness.

She was born in Sweetwater on Aug. 19, 1929, a daughter of the late Luke and Ella Thomas.

She joined Philippi Baptist Church in 1959 and has been a faithful member since that time. During her life, she served the church as a Sunday School teacher, worked in VBS and always cooked for any church function that was going on. She worked for a short time at Charleston Hosiery Company along with her late husband, Kenneth, but her most enduring quality was the way in which she cared for and loved her family. She was famous for homemade biscuits and chocolate gravy.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth McPhail; one daughter, Judith Ann McPhail; one grandson, Wallace Gregory Harden; three brothers: Sam Thomas, Lester Thomas and Clyde Thomas; and three sisters: June Thomas, May Inman and Anna Rhea Morrison.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory three children: Linda Murray and husband, Jerry, Sharon Harden and husband, Lake, and Dwaine McPhail; grandchildren: Angie Kesley, Teresa Shoemaker (David), Aleta Prather (Scott), Amanda Guy (Shane), LaRonda Sneed (Nathan), Sheri McPhail, Marion McPhail and Paula Deal (Danny); great-grandchildren: Todd Prather, Kayla Prather, Manon Guy, Cooper Guy, Holland Guy, Charlie Sneed, Luke Sneed, Morgan Corum, Hayley Reed (Tyler) and Hannah Deal; one sister, Mildred McGinnis of Lenior City; one brother, Roy Thomas of Sweetwater; one sister-in-law, Sue Thomas of Maryville; and numerous other extended family members, church family and a host of special friends.

A celebration of her life is planned for tonight, July 8, 2014, at 8 at the Philippi Baptist Church, 2484 Harrison Pike, with Dr. Sammy Hooker officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church from 5 until the 8 p.m. service time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Philippi Baptist Church Building Fund in Pauline’s memory.

The graveside and committal service will take place Wednesday morning at 10 in the Earls Cemetery with family serving as pallbearers.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Pauline and/or your personal condolences with her family by visiting her memorial web page and guest book at

Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the McPhail family with her arrangements.