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Family celebrates life of teen still missing after flood

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Sam Owens Becky Phillips (center), Della Gilliam and Elizabeth Pernod embrace beside other grieving family members and friends during the "celebration of life" service for 14-year-old Mykala Phillips at Bethesda Church in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on Sunday afternoon, July 31, 2016. Phillips, who is still missing and presumed dead, disappeared June 23 when she slipped from her brother's grip in raging waters on Mill Hill Drive in White Sulphur Springs.
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Sam Owens
Becky Phillips (center), Della Gilliam and Elizabeth Pernod embrace beside other grieving family members and friends during the “celebration of life” service for 14-year-old Mykala Phillips at Bethesda Church in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on Sunday afternoon, July 31, 2016. Phillips, who is still missing and presumed dead, disappeared June 23 when she slipped from her brother’s grip in raging waters on Mill Hill Drive in White Sulphur Springs.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Everyone who stays in Becky Phillips’ home wakes up and goes to church on Sunday mornings.

It doesn’t matter if she has 16 family members crammed into her house, all piled up on air mattresses and sharing couches. She’ll sound the alarm early in the morning and wake them all up, and they’ll make it to church on time, too.

This Sunday was especially important. The pastor at White Sulphur Baptist Church, Randy Gilliam, had an important message he needed Becky to hear.

“They made it through the flood,” he said, holding up a Bible stretched open across his arms and reading from scripture. “It says it, it says it right in here in this book…

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