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Celebrating the life of

Joleen Lynette Philbeck

November 21, 1966 - September 04, 2023

Joleen Lynette Philbeck

Joleen Lynette Philbeck, 56, left this life on earth on Monday, September 4, 2023 after battling Glioblastoma for 16 months. She was surrounded by her family as she took her last breath. 

Joleen was born the youngest of five children to Sam and Jo Marie Stewart in Montrose, Colorado on November 21, 1966. She grew up as a cowgirl on her family’s ranch in the mountains. She always knew Jesus from the faithful witness of her parents, and was baptized at age 8. 

She moved away to attend Dallas Christian College after high school, where she met the love of her life, Kenneth Philbeck. He won her heart, and they were married in 1988. They have three children. 

Joleen and Ken moved to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where they lived for 20 years, then relocated to Savannah, GA in 2009. Joleen worked in various roles and was beloved by her coworkers. She taught Sunday school, volunteered on youth trips, traveled around the world to various missions, and was the faithful pastor’s wife. Wherever she was, she found a way to serve others. Above everything else, she served and loved her family. She was always the most proud of her children, and once she had grandchildren, she couldn’t stop talking about them. Her peaceful presence and ability to give her undivided attention to anyone she met will be greatly missed. She cared for people, and she shared the light of Jesus Christ wherever she was. 

Joleen leaves behind husband, Kenneth; daughter, Megan [Garrett] Huxford;, sons, Brandon [Devin] and Travis [Brai];  grandchildren, Sarah, Sam, Kenny, and Libby; parents, Sam and Jo Marie Stewart; sister, Cindy [Ryan] Whitfield; brothers, Jim [Debbie] and Todd [Roxie] Stewart; as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends. 

Memorial Service honoring Joleen will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Henderson Campus of Compassion Christian Church in Savannah, GA. 

Memorial Donations can be sent to the Faith Promise fund at Compassion Christian Church Effingham.





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Our hearts are broken at your loss. Please know you are in our prayers.

- Mickey and Karen Boutwell, Savannah, GA

Your family is in our prayers! So sorry for your loss!

- Price Family, Rincon, GA

May God continue to bless and console the entire family. We love you.

- Con and Betty Massey, Savannah, GA

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We are so sorry for your loss! I will always Remember Joleen’s smile, I’m sure it’s the brightest ever right now in the presence of Jesus! Love, Debbie & Ron

- Solanes Family , Guyton, GA

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Our deepest condolences to Ken and the family. May God bring comfort, grace and peace during this difficult time.

- Michelle & Scott Wyman, Rincon, GA

Praying for you daily

- Bruce and Rhonda Habersham, Rincon, GA

We love you guys with all our hearts. Thank you for being there for us in life’s lowest valleys. Now we will be there for you to lift you up in prayer and love.

- Vick Family, Rincon , Georgia

So sorry for this unimaginable loss. Prayers and thoughts for you all.

- Roger Burdette and Family, Guyton , GA

May God bring you comfort in your loss.

- TaWandrea Bland, Savannah, GA

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Prayers for the entire family. May God comfort you all.

- Ray, Sue & Holly Tuten, Rincon, GA

Our hearts are broken for your family. Continuously paying for each of you.

- Stapleton Family, Eden, Ga

I'm so sorry to hear of the past of your wife..My God cure your aching heart

- Paul lafferty , Rincon, Ga

We are so sorry to hear about Jolene…but we are so happy for her that she is now in the presence of our LORD. Praying for Gods peace that passes all understanding to be with you and your family during this difficult time. We love you all!

- Gail and Kevin Russom, Savannah, GA

Deepest condolences to the family. Praying for strength and comfort. She was an amazing woman and honored to have known her.

- Martha J., Springfield , GA

My deepest sympathies to Ken and the entire family as I reflect on the life of Joleen, such a devoted follower of Jesus. Whenever I think of her I see her smile! What a joyful contribution she made to my life. Blessings and prayers of comfort to all.

- Jim Bolen, Savannah , Ga

Ken and family, there aren’t words one can express that would ease your pain, only the love and gift that is in Jesus gives us comfort. Please accept mines and my family’s condolences, we are praying for you and for your family. Nelson Sos.

- Sosa Family , Ellabell , Ga

I am so grateful that thenlast time I saw Joleen before their last trip got a hug and she made me a ❤️ heart. I got to tell her I loved her and she gave me one of her special smiles. Will cherish that day. Will miss her but know she is in a place we all want to go. See you later my friend.

- Marsha Nave, Guyton , Ga

We have been praying for your sweet family since the beginning, and will continue to do so! Such a sweet soul, and sweet family!

- The Whitehead Family , Springfield , Ga

Beautiful Joleen you will forever be missed. May you now rest in peace without all those tests and procedures. God Bless you Ken and your family

- Sandra K Grafton, Rincon, Georgia

Joleen was a most amazing woman…she was kind, generous, and she was such a wonderful friend…I know she is perfect now!!

- Lynn Cawley Brand, Guyton, Ga

We are so sorry for the loss of Jollen to your family. We cannot even imagine how difficult this is for you all. We know she is with Jesus and enjoying her best life now in eternity. May God Bless and encourage the entire family.

- Garth and Donna Kullman, Rincon, GA

I am praying for your family and know that even though your hearts are crushed, Jolene is in her heavenly home and all suffering has gone. The hardest part of losing someone is figuring out how to keep moving forward. Give yourselves time and grace to know that grief is real and hard. Love to all.

- Carolyn Jennelle, SAVANNAH, GA

Kenneth and family- your precious family will continue to be in our prayers for the days ahead. We love you.

- Craig and Gina Andrews, Bixby, Ok

We love you all, and we are praying for you. We send you a big hug amigo Ken.

- Menchaca Family, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Although we did not know Joleen personally, we have the great pleasure of knowing her daughter. Our condolences go out to the entire family. We know she was a special woman just by the love we see from Megan. She raised an amazing daughter and we pray there will be great peace among the family knowing she is home now.

- Davis family, Holly Springs, NC

I loved Joleen and have so many great memories from the mission trips we took. Love and prayers to your family.

- Dana Kaplan, Asheville , North Carolina

Praying for God’s comfort and peace during this time for all of you.

- Stephanie Scribner, Savannah, Ga

I so loved talking with Jolene as our paths touched. I thought she was a great lady. She was always so happy and willing to talk with me. Even though we are in Illinois now I will never forget her sweet smile and spirit!

- Sandy Wagoner, Normal, IL

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We are so sorry for your loss. May God bring comfort and peace to the family.

- Beth and Leo Burnsed, Guyton, Ga

We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending love & prayers.

- Philip & Julie Deason, Newington , Georgia

When we met in college, you were already together. I always think of the two of you together, and always will. May the Lord continue to fill you and your family the presence and peace of His Spirit.

- Trace and Christy Farthing , Elbert , CO

Our hearts go out to y’all in this time. Praying daily for y’all as God Carrie’s you through this valley.

- Walden Family, Rincon, GA

This is the end. For me, the beginning of life. These were the last words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. For Joleen, the beginning of her life in eternity was September 4, 2023. She is now absent from the body, but present with the Lord as the Bible proclaims. Joleen was a beautiful, Godly lady whose smile lit up wherever she was. She personified JOY! Our prayers are with Ken and their wonderful family. Ken and Joleen were somethin' else together, and we praise God for bringing them into our lives. We love you.

- Bobby and Ruth Hanson, Savannah , ga.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

- Monte and Lisa Fowler, Verdigris , Oklahoma

Ken and Philbeck family, we are so sorry for your loss. Jolene was a lovely,sweet and kind person. The light and love of Jesus was shown through her. She is with him now and heaven has gained a beautiful soul. MayGod give you the strength to get through this and heal your broken hearts.

- Wayne and Betty Ann Fortson, Savannah, GA.

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So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers

- Charles Family , Roswell , GA

Joleen was a beautiful friend and mentor. Two things I know about her is that she loved God, and she loved her family. I’m blessed to have known her. She will be missed, but there is much peace and joy in knowing I will see her again. Love and prayers to your family.

- Denton, Guyton, GA

May the Lord be with you during this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

- The Heeke’s Blandford Xing, Rincon, Ga

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To the Philbeck families, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

- Kellie & Andy Moore, Indianapolis, IN

Dear Ken and family we were so sorry to hear this news. Joleen was a beautiful lady inside and out. Her smile lit up the room. She was always happy and cheerful. We are praying for you all. We know She is no longer in pain and She is with our Lord — we pray for y’all to have some kind of peace knowing this truth.

- Laura Freezia worley , Cypress, Tx

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Dear Pastor Ken, we love you, and share so deeply in your family's sorrow.

- Larry & Sally Ann Hooks, Rincon , GA

Kenneth, I am so sorry to hear about Joleen. I have so many memories of you two always being with our family. She was an amazing woman and will definitely miss her awesome smile. Love and prayers for you and your family. She will be missed!

- Jennifer Walker, Broken Arrow, OK

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- Jennifer Walker, Broken Arrow, United States (+1)

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There is no doubt that Joleen is at peace in the presence of our Lord Jesus even as I type. Ken and family, I'm truly sorry that you all are having to walk through this time of great loss and grief. May the Lord be near to you and protect you during this time.

- The Bland Family, Savannah, GA

We are praying that you feel the strong arms of Jesus as He wraps His arms around you and draws you near. God loves you so much and knows your loss and pain. We love you!

- Lee E. Cobb, Maryville, Tn

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- Kevin, Kim, Cooper, and Evan Redding , BLOOMINGDALE, GA

From my heart to yours. May one day the peace that passes understanding be yours. My sincerest condolences to all who loved Joleen.

- Alma (Stewart) Evans, Cedaredge, Colorado

She is wonderful. I'm so sorry. Love you, Aunt Joleen.

- Hannah Mcgrew, Tulsa, Ok

My heart and prayers are with you and your family as they have been throughout Joleens battle. She is truly victorious! She was and will always be such a strong s beautiful woman of God. I offer you all my deepest and most sincere condolences as you navigate this new chapter of your lives. I pray for a peace that surpasses all understanding.

- JaNina Murrell, Rincon, Ga

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There are no words that can be said that can ease the pain felt for your loss. All I can offer you is prayers for our Heavenly Father to comfort you, guide you and wrap his arms around you all! We will all see her again and know that she is whole and healthy in heaven!

- The Murrell family, Rincon, GA

May God bring comfort to you and your wonderful family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time! We pray it will bring you a measure of comfort to know that your beautiful Joleen is now in the arms of angels and she suffers no more. We love you all.

- Pat & Tom Lawrence, Savannah, Ga

Ken, so very sorry to hear of your loss!! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!!! Everette and Sally

- Everette and Sally Boaen, Savannah , Ga

Our prayers are with you. We remember the good times we had and joy she brought to all our lives. We rest in the peace that she’s in God’s hands. He needed another angel

- Tricia and John Woodward, Savannah , Ga

So sorry to hear about Jolene. Sending condolences and prayers for your family.

- Alex Pitcaithly, Houston , TX

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel