Phyllis Claire Wentworth Handley


Phyllis Claire Wentworth Handley, 83, of Bankston, Alabama, and formerly of Seymour, passed away at 8:37 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus.

Born March 25, 1933, in Scipio, she was the daughter of Phillip and Lydia Leatherbury McNeal, both of whom preceded her in death. She married William Wentworth, who preceded her in death in 1975. She then married James A. Handley, who preceded her in death in 2016.

Phyllis was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Bankston, Alabama, and former member of First Church of God in Seymour, where she taught Sunday school and Bible school. She was president of the Fellowship of Church Women, serving all faiths in Jackson County.

Phyllis was voted worthy matron of Eastern Star of Brownstown in 1985. She was the founder of House of John 3:16 and served hundreds of people in the area with food, clothing, medications and employment. She worked in the Girl Scouts and PTA and was on the PTA Council. She was a caregiver for the sick and elderly and leaves many friends and loved ones behind.

Survivors include her children, Daniel W. Wentworth of Bankston, Alabama, Kathy (Robert) Luthe of Hayden, Debra (Chester “Sonny”) Spurgeon of Seymour, Angela Slay of San Diego, California, and Kenny (Roberta) Wentworth of Hope; five stepchildren, James Handley, Ann (Donnie) England, Donna Schlosser, Patsy (Bob Winch) Handley and Crystal Handley; a brother, Joe McNeal; stepsisters, Barbara (Paul) Wellington and Norma Irvine; 53 grandchildren; and numerous adopted children.

Besides her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Shipley; and siblings, Ray McNeal, Earl McNeal, Lee McNeal, Hershel McNeal and Ralph McNeal.

A memorial service will be at noon Saturday at Woodlawn Life Celebration Centre in Seymour.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Memorials may be made to Anchor House or The Alley Kitchen.

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