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Phyllis Watson McKinsey

December 16, 1955 - July 30, 2021

Phyllis Watson McKinsey, age 65, of Scotland Neck, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 30, 2021 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Phyllis was born on December 16, 1955 to H. Willard and Esther Watson. She graduated from Scotland Neck High School and married her devoted husband, Steve, on September 7, 1996.  Phyllis was a member of the First Baptist Church of Scotland Neck and was a kind, multitalented, and giving soul.  She loved dancing and singing and is probably doing so in heaven right now.  Phyllis possessed an infectious personality and everyone who knew her grew to love her.  A true warrior, she remained strong throughout her life as she fought cancer.  During all her battles she never wavered in her faith in the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Esther Watson Casper; her father, H. Willard Watson; and her sons, Raymond Matthew McKinsey and William Tyler McKinsey.

Phyllis is survived by her loving husband, Steve; her daughter, Summer McKinsey of West Palm Beach, FL; her step-daughter, Ashley McKinsey of Savannah, GA; and her brothers, Marvin Watson and wife Becky of Williamsburg, VA and Raymond Watson of Scotland Neck.  Also surviving is her beloved great dane, Abby, who shared a strong connection with Phyllis.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service in Scotland Neck.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at Sunnyside Cemetery in Scotland Neck, with Rev. Paul Spradley officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to the American Cancer Society, 930-B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC  27834 or online by clicking here.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Heather White and Dr. Jayish Patel, along with their medical teams at Physicians East and Halifax County EMS for all their help.

Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service in Scotland Neck is handling the arrangements for the McKinsey family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service

101 West 7th Street
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Time: 11:00 am


Sunnyside Cemetery

4764 US-258
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

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