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Mrs. Phyllis Kathleen Balkcom Wooten, 65

Mrs. Phyllis Kathleen Balkcom Wooten was born Aug. 31, 1958, in Hazlehurst. She was the third child born to Ernestine and the late John Moore Balkcom. Phyllis devoted her life to Christ at an early age and joined Big Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. She graduated from Jeff Davis High School in 1977 and later took classes at Southeastern Technical College and Strayer University. Phyllis left Hazlehurst after graduation and moved to Atlanta to work as an operator at Bellsouth for many years. She then relocated to Orlando, Fla., before returning home to Hazlehurst. Phyllis was known throughout the Jeff Davis community from the different work positions she held with companies including Best Westen Hotel, Jackson Hewitt Tax Office, Walmart, and Sunrise Nursing Home. Phyllis married Vasco Wooten July 31, 1998. She was a devoted wife to her husband for over 26 years. No children were born from their union, but through her marriage, she gained two daughters, Kala Thomas and Latoya Wooten; three grandchildren; and a special granddaughter, “Day Wooten.” She was preceded in death by her father, John Moore Balkcom.
She leaves behind her devoted husband Vasco Wooten of Hazlehurst; loving mother Ernestine Bennett of Lumber City; sisters Calamity Kornegay (Reginald) of Hazlehurst, Kay Queda Balkcom (Charlie) of Lumber City, Jacquelyn Balkcom, Gwendolyn Johnson of Hazlehurst; brothers Curtis Balkcom, Paris Balkcom (Veronica) of Hazlehurst; John Moore Balkcom, Jr. of Jackson; two sister-laws, three brother-in-laws; nieces Shanta Williams, Nunya Kornegay, Tashika Conway (“Tang”) of Hazlehurst, Ke-Shay Crawford (Greg) of San Diego, Calif., Tieshia Balkcom, Myhagony Balkcom of Savannah; nephews Kenya Johnson, Kenta Johnson of Hazlehurst, Paris Soloman of Baxley, Wilfredo Balkcom of Hazlehurst, and Machi Balkcom of Savannah; special cousin/niece Angela Moore of Hazlehurst; godson Dino Bennett of Bronx, N.Y.; aunts Olivia Gadson, Amy Kornegay (Quincy), Mary Fisher (Lorenzo), Janet Johnson, and Valoria Bennett; uncles Charlie Bennett (Dale), Reuben Bennett, Jim Bennett, and Ray Bennett (Patrica); a host of great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Phyllis’s homegoing services were held Feb. 3 at Bennett Tabernacle Holliness Church. Words of Comfort were provided by Pastor Reuben Bennett Jr. with the Rev. Christopher D. Johnson presiding.
Thornton’s Funeral Home was in charge. The full obituary may be viewed at

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