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Phyllis Watson Smith LaBrie

March 27, 1939 — December 7, 2023

Phyllis Watson Smith LaBrie


Phyllis Watson Smith LaBrie, 84, of Lynchburg, went to be with her Lord, Thursday, December 7, 2023.  Twice widowed, she was the wife of her first late husband, Henry Lloyd Smith and her second late husband, Lewis Richard LaBrie.  


Phyllis was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on March 27, 1939, a daughter of the late Edward Purcell Watson and Wilmoth Irby Watson. Phyllis was retired as a vocational instructor with the Central Virginia Training Center and attended St. John Pentecostal Holiness Church in Hurt, Virginia.    

 She is survived by her daughter Melanie Smith Cash (David) of Rustburg, a son Timothy Lloyd Smith, Step-daughter Carolyn Quesenberry (Jack) Daughter-in-law Susan LaBrie. two sisters; Mabel Cross of Tennessee and Betty Wilburn of Rustburg, five grandchildren; Jessica (Jeff), Dave (Brittney), Timberlee, Chad, and Bryan, Step-grandson Lewis James and nine great-grandchildren; Emma, Jillian, Eli, Jaxon, Kenley, Dallas, Addison, Cole, and Ava, a host of nieces and nephews, and her special friends at Valley View Retirement Community.

In addition to her parents and two husbands, she was preceded in death by two brothers; Alvis and Calvin Watson, and four sisters; Ava Dawson, Jane Falls, Cecil Smith, and Fannie Newton; Step-son Richard LaBrie; Step-grandson Mark.

 The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg. A Celebration of Phyllis’s Life will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, 2023, in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg, with Tony Bolling as officiant. Interment will follow at Altavista Memorial Park.

If you want to send flowers please consider sending them to a local nursing home to brighten someone’s day or make a care basket instead, we want you to know we don't need anything for ourselves, but we would love for you to give to your local food banks, animal shelters, Angel Trees,  or you could even just drop a little extra in the collection plate at church. Whatever your heart leads you to do, I'm sure mama would have loved it.  


Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. 

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory-Lynchburg

220 Breezewood Dr, Lynchburg, VA 24502

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