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Gracie Phillips Hand was born September 9, 1934 and exchanged morality for immorality on Monday, March 5, 2018 at her home in Belmont, North Carolina with her son at her side.  Gracie was the daughter of the late Green and Sarah Heffner Phillips.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Hand; son, Marnzell Gerald Hand Sr.; grandson, Marnzell G. Hand, Jr.; nine sisters, Emma, Ann, Ola, Sarah, Lizz, Willie Mae, Blanch, Ruthie Ann and Ella; four brothers, Bill, Till, A.C. and John Ruth. 
Gracie at an early age joined Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Bowling Green, South Carolina.  Gracie loved Sunday School and she remained a faithful member until her failing health. 

Gracie was a graduate of Reid High School in Belmont, North Carolina.  Gracie lived in Staten Island, New York and Newark, New Jersey for several years before she returned to Belmont, North Carolina.  Gracie enjoyed life and her interests included visiting the sick & shut-in and shopping.

She leaves to cherish precious memories her son, Mark Hand of the home; two great grandchildren, Kyleigh Grace and Aaron Nichols Hand of Lowell, N.C.; one sister, Julia Dalton of Staten Island, N.Y.; one brother, James Phillips (Betty) of Cramerton, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Betty Earl of Belmont, N.C. and Marie Hand of Los Angeles, CA; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Funeral Arrangement

Costner Funeral Home Chapel

Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ 12:00 Noon

The family will receive friends thirty minutes prior to funeral.
(11:30 until 12 Noon)

Henry's Chapel Cemetery
Belmont, North Carolina

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  • Monday, March 05, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
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  • Wednesday, March 07, 2018
    I enjoyed dropping by to see you . Sitting in your little room with your small heater on and talking with you. We had some great laughs. Fatback and bread crumbs on your lips when you peeked out and opened the door for me .I will miss and love you.May your family be in God's Peace. Rest in Heaven..Shelia
    ~ Shelia Williamson   Gastonia, NC
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018
    We're sorry to hear about your recent loss. May you find strength from the words of Philippians 4:13 which says: "For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power." What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection. ~~~ You are also cordially invited to the memorial of Jesus death. The means by which the promise of a paradise is possible. Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm ; Location: 145 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way Gastonia, NC 28052
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Monday, March 26, 2018
    Death is like sleep in that the dead are unconscious and cannot do anything. However, the Creator of life can bring the dead back by means of a resurrection. In proof of that, Jehovah empowered Jesus to raise several dead people to life. Please feel free to read (Ecclesiastes 9:5; John 11:11, 43, 44). Also, for more spiritual comfort please visit
    ~ Virginia