JoAnn Smith-Vaniz Phillips

JoAnn Smith-Vaniz Phillips


JoAnn Smith-Vaniz Phillips, of Canton, MS was born December 23, 1943 and passed away January 5, 2022 at the age of 79. 

She was the first of four children born to Joseph and Lucille Smith-Vaniz. JoAnn was married to the love of her life, Gene, for 60 years. Whether it was working at their store, The Cricket Box, or tending their beautiful flower garden, they were rarely ever without each other. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Watson Smith-Vaniz and Lucille Ledbetter Smith-Vaniz and her brothers, Sam Palmer Smith-Vaniz and Tommy Smith-Vaniz. 

She is survived by her husband, Gene Phillips; her son, Steve Phillips (Angela), and their four children - Mitch Phillips, Madeline Phillips, Abigayle Phillips, and Meagan Teston (Jeremy); her son, Joe Phillips (Vickie) and their five children - Riley Phillips (Kacey), Laine Polles (Carter), Maggie Phillips, Gray Phillips, and Molly Phillips; and her daughter, Kathy Wall  (Doug), and their three children - Mesha Wall, Garner Wall, and Lucy Wall; her great-grandchildren, Monroe and Presley Phillips; her brother, Larry Smith-Vaniz (Jan); her sisters-in-law, Bridget Smith-Vaniz and Teresa Smith-Vaniz; and many nieces and nephews. Services were held at Breeland Funeral Home January 9, 2023.

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