On January 11, 1922, this earth gained a special and spirited soul, Helen Fay Pharis.
She was born in Hickman County, the daughter of John Ray and Thelma Ailene Pharis.
She completed her earthly journey and went to be with her Lord and Savior on January
21, 2022 - 10 days after her 100th birthday. It’s comforting to know that she’s already
brought joy and laughter to Heaven; because, that is what she did to everyone’s lives
that she touched while on earth.
Her life's journey told a story of giving and a story of faith. Helen loved the Lord and
was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church for 90 years.
Helen graduated from Beelerton High School in 1939. After working at several jobs in
Fulton and Paducah, she ventured to Detroit where she worked at Packard Motors making
World War II bomber parts. In 1944, she married Bernard Bostick, a handsome Navy sailor
on active duty in the war. They were married for 62 years before his death in 2006.
After the war, they moved to the Bostick family farm where they welcomed two children,
John Richard and Susan. With the exception of five years in California, Helen spent the rest of her life on that farm.
Helen was a phenomenal seamstress and avid quilter. She worked hard to produce beautiful and prolific flower and vegetable gardens. She earnestly cared for her family by canning or freezing vegetables and providing many delicious meals for family and friends, making sure everyone had their favorite food. She truly enjoyed her jobs outside the home, but found her greatest joy as the homemaker for her family.
She enjoyed being a member of the Tri-County Homemakers and the Order of the Eastern
Star where she was an active participant in both.
Helen was fiercely independent and did not want any help even though she lived a life of service to others. She was extremely proud of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who affectionately called her Mo. She enjoyed every moment spent with her family and made every attempt to make sure each one knew how much they were treasured.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Thelma Ross and loving husband but leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Susan (Hadley) of Jackson, TN; son John (Lark) of Fort Walton Beach, FL; Grandchildren Allison (Andrew) of Brentwood, TN; Stephanie Frye of Jackson TN; Suzanne Seneker (Paul) of Nashville, TN; Amanda Bostick of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; Emily Bostick of Richlands NC; Great-grandchildren George Fowler, Mary Drew Fowler and Charles Fowler of Brentwood; Samuel Seneker, Henry Seneker of Nashville; Liza Bostick of Santa Rosa Beach; Riley Topolski, John Reid Topolski of Richlands; sister, Dale Batts; special friend, Rene Bard; and devoted caregiver, Amanda Cabral. She dearly loved all her nieces and nephews and everybody loved her!
Funeral Services will be held at Wesley Methodist Church, 5421 Hwy 1529 East, on Wednesday at 2:00 pm with Brother Steve Webb officiating and interment to follow in Wesley Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the church from 12:00 pm until the service time at 2:00 pm.
Pallbearers will be Craig Batts, Chad Batts, Mark Batts, Andrew Fowler, George Fowler, Paul Seneker, Gary Stuart and Sherman Walker. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Cabral, Kenneth Phillips and Brent Vaughn.