Bonnie Fordham Phillips Hollingsworth November 14, 1940 - June 2, 2019

Bonnie Fordham Phillips Hollingsworth, age 78, of Rosman, NC passed away just after sunrise on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Elizabeth House in Hendersonville, NC.  Bonnie was born in Laurens County, GA, on November 14, 1940 to the late Carris Lee Fordham and Edna Trowell Fordham, but lived much of her life in Sarasota, FL, and the mountains of Transylvania County, NC.  In addition to her parents, Bonnie was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Betty. Bonnie never moved beyond losing her sister and we celebrate that they are reunited in heaven.

Bonnie loved her southern roots and worked hard to live her life true to those roots.  Bonnie was a model in her early twenties with her paintings displayed at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota.  She loved gardening, playing the guitar, singing and gospel music. Bonnie had several careers in her lifetime, but nothing brought her more joy than spending time with her family.  

Bonnie is survived by her son, Robert Phillips (Cyndi) of Nashville, TN; her daughter, Sharon Phillips Blythe (Phil) of Arden, NC; her stepdaughters, Glenda Phillips of Jacksonville, FL; Ramona Phillips Zaremba of Fletcher, NC; and Tina Phillips Perry of Grass Valley, CA;  grandson, Joshua Gravley (Laura) and great-grandson, Colton of Mills River, NC; granddaughter, Caitlin Phillips Welke and great-grandson, Deacon of Sarasota, FL; grandson, Paul (Jill) Zaremba and great-grandchildren, Hailey and Zane; granddaughter, Jennifer (James) Morrison and great-grandchildren, Trevor, Julia, Tristan and Mary; four brothers, Parker Summerlin (Alisa), Lee Fordham (Della), Jack Fordham (Pat) and Dennie Fordham (Mecca);and one sister, Donna Rankin (Rusty).  She leaves many special nieces and nephews, whom she cherished; and her partner of 30 years, Steve Hollingsworth; his children and grandchildren.

A service of remembrance and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm in the English Chapel UMC, 85 English Chapel Bridge Dr., Pisgah Forest, NC.  The family will receive friends at the church after the service.  Interment will be at Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory, where she will be laid to rest with the father of her children.

Memorials may be made to the Elizabeth House, Four Seasons Foundation, 221 N. Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792 or online at




Date: 06/15/2019
Time: 3:00PM
English Chapel UMC

85 English Chapel Bridge Dr.
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
(828) 877-4021

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  1. cheryl ashmore says

    Iwill never forget meeting bonnie. she was a very special lady,she prayed for me all of the time and it made me a better person, and a stronger person, she always made me feel special, and she always made me feel very loved, i will always have her in my heart she is my guarding angel.

  2. Tarrel Clark says

    I have fond memories of Bonnie and all her brothers and sisters. They loved to visit my Mom and Dad and us children on the farm. She loved petting the milk cow and the mules. I visited them once in Sarasota when we were all very young. My first trip to Fla. and my first trip to the ocean. Wonderful trip.