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Susie Louise Phenix

December 11, 1926 ~ July 24, 2020 (age 93)



She was preceded in death by her parents: Ellis and Allie(Swearingen) Hicks. To this union was born 12 children. Born December 11, 1926, Missionary Phenix was the eighth child. She leaves one living brother J.P. Hicks (Brenham, Tx.), and one living sister, Evangelist Doris Williams (Los Angeles, California). 

Missionary Phenix was also preceded in death by her husband Roy Thomas Phenix. To this union were born four children: Doris (Phenix) Chansler, Brenda (Phenix) Wilkinson, Roy T. Phenix, Jr., and Cathlene (Phenix) Mitchell. 

Missionary Phenix attended and graduated beauty school in Waco, Tx. Subsequently she became a much sought-out beautician. If you wanted sleek, shiny, pressed permed-looking hair and curls that would hold until your next visit, Missionary Phenix was that beautician—for over 60 years. 

Missionary Phenix was a member of Living Word, Church of God in Christ, Pastor Gilbert Gillum. Missionary Susie was an anointed, devoted woman and servant of God. Sister Phenix was a student of the word of faith and truth. She studied to show herself approved unto God a (workman) that needed not to be ashamed, but rightlydividing the word of truth. Missionary Phenix was a devout prayer warrior, teacher, spirit led, possessed spiritual discernment and intuition (very seldom was she fooled). She understood the power and spiritual things of God. 

Missionary Phenix received a certificate of appointment as Missionary Board President from Living Word Church of God in Christ, Pastor Gilbert Gillum. Missionary Phenix was a Meals on Wheels volunteer. Susie L. Hicks Phenix heard the voice of God call her to ministry.

She was endowed with a Missionary license at Carters Temple Church of God in Christ, Pastor J.L. Carter. 

Mother Phenix was the proud mother and grandmother of 47grandchildren, and 42 great-grands, and 37 great-great grandchildren.

Prior to Missionary Phenix’s decline in health and during, all of her children and grandchildren were devoted and lovingly became her caregivers all in their special ways. Of which, attending her with special assisted care were her granddaughters Renata Phenix, Greta (Phenix) Holtzclaw, Annice Chansler (Nurse), and Donald (Trey) Anderson III, and Rhonda (Rodney) Jaynes, and her son, Roy T. Phenix, Community Healthcare of Texas (Hospice) Nurse Miranda Rodriguez, Case Manager Tammy Phillips, and hospice ChaplainDanny Tomlinson.

Missionary Phenix was fondly known by many as Bigmama; affectionately referred to by her grands and great-grands as Bigmama and Suga Mama. Sister Phenix was a great cook, loved to cook for her family and anyone who happened to come by was welcome.

Missionary Phenix succumbed from this life Friday, July 24, at 10:45pm 2020 at her home (717 Dearborn) surrounded by her family and others who fondly loved Bigmama and gave her flowers while she lived. 

Sister Phenix, Missionary Phenix, Mother Phenix leaves family, sisters-in-laws, brother-in-law, nieces and nephews, friends and acquaintances, members of Living Word COGIC.

O death where is thy sting, O grave where is thy victory. 1 Corinthians 15:55

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies? Many daughters have done virtuously but thou excellest them all. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord she shall be praise. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:10, 29-31


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July 31, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Serenity Life Celebrations Serenity Suite
112 South 35th Street
Waco, TX 76710

Celebration of Life
August 1, 2020

10:00 AM
Living Word COGIC
1005 Dunbar Street
Waco, TX 76704

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