Phylicia Simone Barnes

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Phylicia Simone Barnes

Georgia, USA
Death 22 Dec 2010 (aged 16)
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Burial Conyers, Rockdale County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 215346169 View Source
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Phylicia went missing on December 28, 2010, while visiting relatives in Maryland. Her remains were found on April 20, 2011, in the Susquehanna River.

She is survived by her loving parents Russell Barnes & Janice Sallis.

While living in Monroe, NC, Phylicia attended Walter H. Bickett Elementary School where she skipped from the 3rd to the 4th grade. She attended Monroe Middle School
and later applied and was accepted into Union Academy for her 7th grade year. She was a straight "A" student and was scheduled to graduate from High School a year early with honors. Phylicia planned to continue her education at Towson State University in Baltimore, MD., to study Psychology and Early Childhood Education. Phylicia participated in creative arts at Union Academy, where she loved being a part of the theater program and taking college preparatory programs with her classmates. Phylicia's high school diploma was presented to her mother, Janice Sallis by the dean of students of her high school, Lawrence Sullivan.

In her spare time Phylicia enjoyed going to the movies, talking on the phone, shopping at her favorite stores and spending time with family and friends. Phylicia is remembered as a girl who could light up a room, who worked hard, and had a strong faith.

Although Phylicia graced this earth with her presence for a short time she accomplished so much. Phylicia's name and her story will always be remembered. Her vibrant smile and loving spirit captured hearts and changed the lives of many she met, and even those she did not.

Phylicia's family expresses thanks to her school family, law enforcement and the thousands of people that have expressed sympathies following her untimely demise.

There were two memorials held on April 28, 2011:
A last candlelight vigil was held to honor the memory of Phylicia at the Reisterstown Square Apartments, in Baltimore MD, the place where Phylicia was last seen alive in December. Those attending were encouraged to wear purple representing Faith, Hope and Love for Phylicia. Purple was her favorite color. Her family asked that the community bring purple and white candles to light in Phylicia's honor.

Hundreds of people also attended a Celebration of Life memorial service for Phylicia at the Lee Park Baptist Church in Monroe, N.C., her hometown. The service included musical tributes to Phylicia, laughs and tears as strangers, classmates and Phylicia's family shared poems, fond memories and words of comfort. Nearly everyone remembered her warm smile and her positive infectious attitude. At the end of the service everyone gathered outside and purple balloons were released. Those in attendance also received a purple wrist band, a token to remember Phylicia. On the front it has her name, and on the back it has the words Faith, Hope and Love.