Winfred Allen Phillips • August 10, 2021
Winfred Allen Phillips, 76 of Elberta, AL, entered Heaven’s gates on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. He was born on August 2, 1945 in Andalusia, AL, to Dalton and Gussceal Phillips, and was the youngest of their 4 children.
He is preceded in death by both of his parents, his brother, Donald, a sister, Joann King, and other family members and friends.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 38 years, Carol Spivey Phillips; 3 sons, Keith Phillips of Pensacola, FL, Bo (Sandra) Spivey of Atlanta, GA, Fred (Kary) Spivey of Pensacola, FL; 4 grandchildren, Whitney, Tiffani, Alexa, Alex; 4 great grandchildren; a sister, Marty Brown of Pace, FL; a cousin, Edith (David) Wiley of Pensacola, FL; a sister-in-law, Lois Ann Phillips of New Port Ritchie, FL; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and other family members. His beloved companion and shadow Charlie (his dog).
Winfred grew up in Fort Walton, until 1958 when his family moved to Pensacola; shortly after that, they moved to Beulah. After marrying Carol in 1983, they moved to Pensacola which he called home until 1994, when they built their life and home in Elberta, AL. He attended Escambia High School for 2 years and later earned and received his GED. He decided to join the Army in 1964 and was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. During his 3 years of duty (1964-1967), he was a paratrooper in the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions and served tours in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam. He remained in the reserves until 1970. Before receiving an honorable discharge, Winfred received several medals: Parachute Badge, Vietnam, Vietnam Companion, and National and Defense Service. He worked and retired after 30 years with Escambia County Parks and Recreation in Pensacola, where he was a road supervisor.
At their home in Elberta, Winfred enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He created a self-made road on their property that included stop signs and taught his grandchildren how to drive. Winfred loved planting a huge garden each year and cooking amazingly delicious meals. He also enjoyed riding horses in his younger years, taking his 3 sons fishing, playing guitar, and working with his hands on many handyman projects. In his later years, he fueled his artistic passions even more by teaching himself how to paint; he even shared many of these paintings with his family and friends.
Winfred was known by several names: Winston as Carol affectionately called him, Al, Dad, Poppy, Uncle Winfred, baby brother, Uncle Al, and friend. No matter what name you went by, we will miss you dearly. Forever in our hearts, your love and memory will stay.
The family will receive friends at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 18, 2021from 10am till the service begins at 11am.
The family would like to thank SAAD Hospice of AL for their care and also our niece, Edna King, for her love and care over the years.
Officiating will be Rev. Clain Roberts.
Pallbearers will be Froy Heist, Carl Bowman, Mitchell King, Mike Phillips, Donald Coburn and Kenny Shelby.
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