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Bessie Wilkerson Pharis

February 27, 1921 ~ August 3, 2018 (age 97)

Bessie W. Pharis, age 97, of Ocala, Florida formerly of Douglas, Georgia passed away on Friday August 3, 2018 in Ocala, Florida following an extended illness. Mrs. Pharis was born on February 27, 1921 in Coffee County, Georgia the daughter of the late Jim Wilkerson and Nancy Metts Wilkerson.

She worked as a beautician and was a member of College Avenue Baptist Church.

Mrs. Pharis was preceded in death by her husband, John “Paul” Pharis, son, Glenn L. Pharis and a granddaughter, Felicia Burchette.

Survivors include her son, Benny Pharis and wife Lora Ann of Jasper, GA; two daughters, Judy Burchette and husband Bill of Sharpsburg, NC and Kay Clark and husband Ron of Ocala, FL; grandchildren, Brandi Pharis West of Douglas, GA, Jonathan Pharis of Brooklyn, NY, Tyler Pharis of Brooklyn, NY, Amanda Pharis of Jasper, GA, Paul Burchette of Raleigh, NC, James Burchette of Rocky Mt. NC, Amber Pharis Shrewsbury of Riverside, FL and Bonnie Pharis McKee of Ruskin, FL; six great grandchildren, David, Danny ,Kenny, Jett, Dallas and Madyson; two great great grandchildren, David and Amberlyn

Mrs. Pharis will Lie In State at College Avenue Baptist Church on Monday August 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM until the funeral hour of 11:00 AM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday August 6, 2018 at 11:00am at College Avenue Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Mercer officiating. Interment to follow at Douglas City Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Sims Funeral Home.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Sims Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


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