OBITUARY

Leroy Phillips

June 3, 1940July 27, 2020
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Leroy Phillips, known as ‘’Lee" to some, passed away on July 27, 2020, at the age of 80 from heart complications. The irony of this is that his heart was one of the STRONGEST hearts known for being so loving, compassionate, and happy. It is an inexplicable mystery and of extraordinary beauty of how his laughter was contagious and his presence radiated a certain warmth and comfort. Leroy was born June 3, 1940, in Red Bud, Kentucky to Elze Crawford and Susan Alice (Furkins) Phillips. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jaqueline "Jackie" (Horn), with whom he celebrated 50 wonderful years of marriage just before her passing; two brothers, Elze Lee and Jack; three sisters, Edna, Geneva, and Judy; brother-in-law, Ralph, and sister-in-law, Donna.

Leroy is survived by his sister-in-laws, Juanita and Kathy, and numerous nieces and nephews, both blood and honorary, who loved him very much and will miss him dearly.

Leroy was a Christian and a member of the Liberty Baptist Church. Leroy retired in 1991 after 30 years of service from Ford Motor Co. in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was also an active member of the National Guard while living in Shelby County in Indiana. Leroy and Jackie retired and moved to St. Petersburg, FL, where he worked at MacDill Air Force Base (part-time). This allowed him to play golf at a great discount, which made him happy! Leroy also loved classical music and was quite the dance partner when he felt the music (even square dancing)! He enjoyed dining out (loved and appreciated a good meal) and enjoyed the dog tracks. He was a man of great honor and a hero. In 1993, Leroy saved the life of an 8-year old drowning boy from the river and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for Outstanding Heroic Action. This type of recognition was awkward for him as it was a natural reaction to him and not one that was to be glorified. He was simple and humble in that regard. To know Leroy, was to love Leroy, and he didn’t know a stranger as he would talk and smile to everyone he met. His devotion and loyalty to his friends and family were his strongest traits. Leroy was a recovered alcoholic, with 40 years of sobriety, and served as a mentor to many. He was a Boy Scout leader and the number one fan for all his nieces and nephews. Leroy attended many sporting and 4-H events, birthday parties, game nights, graduations, and weddings, which made any celebration or life event better when he was there.

Leroy’s viewing will be at Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home Saturday, August 8, 2020, from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., followed by a military ceremony, which will begin the funeral service. A private burial will take place Monday, August 10, 2020 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In place of flowers, pay forward a random act of kindness in the name of Leroy "Lee" Phillips.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st Street, Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121.

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  • In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jaqueline "Jackie" (Horn), with whom he celebrated 50 wonderful years of marriage just before her passing; two brothers, Elze Lee and Jack; three sisters, Edna, Geneva, and Judy; brother-in-law, Ralph, and sister-in-law, Donna.


    Leroy is survived by his sister-in-laws, Juanita and Kathy, and numerous nieces and nephews, both blood and honorary, who loved him very much and will miss him dearly.

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Services

8 August

Visitation

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home

7950 131st Street North
Seminole, Florida 33776

8 August

Funeral Service

1:00 pm

Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home

7950 131st Street North
Seminole, Florida 33776

Memories

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Nicole Richmond

August 3, 2020

We are all honored and have been blessed beyond words to be able to call him "Uncle Lee"!
I told Chase that if there is ever a man to want to be like , Uncle Lee should be his “goal!”
Uncle Lee and Aunt Jackie is and always will be my “marriage goals”
My tears are selfish.... I know that....he can never be replaced that’s for sure!!
Heaven sure did get another great one! The reunion with Uncle Lee and Aunt Jackie makes me weep tears of joy!
I know grandma and grandpa are right there hugging him and yelling at him asking him “what the heck took you so long Leroy!”
Uncle Lee has touched us all with his dedication, his mannerism, his patriotism, his workmanship, his walk in his faith, and above all his unconditional love to all of us!
Forever grateful for you Uncle Lee💙

Pam and Danny Robinson

August 1, 2020

One can not replace a Leroy Phillips! He was one of a kind! He has been our best friend for 53 years. We loved him dearly! He and Jackie were instrumental in helping us raise our three children. They never had children of their own so they claimed our children as theirs. Our children were very fortunate to have four parents. We were all family that loved each other and took care of each other. We shared family vacations, holidays and special events together. We were blessed to see 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. No matter how far apart we lived from one another we would receive birthday and holiday calls from Lee. Lee loved the Lord and he loved people. He had the most unique laugh and the most sensitive heart of anyone we have ever known. A piece of our hearts went with both he and Jackie when they left this earth. But our eternal hope in Jesus is that we will all be together again some day!

Natina THALIEN

August 1, 2020

Life will not be the same without my dearest Uncle Lee, and although life inevitably goes on; I can’t imagine my life without him. In this time of grieving his loss; I find myself sitting down again and saying goodbye to another person who had such a huge presence in my life.
He was a solid role model and he radiated simplicity, good moral values, kindness, loyalty, and a good sense of humor. His laughter was contagious, and I couldn’t help myself from smiling every time I heard it – even if I didn’t hear what was so funny. My earliest memories have Uncle Lee in them. I remember the layout of his farm and playing outside while my parents played cards after dinner. We would play hide-and-seek in the cornfields and I would climb the cherry tree in his front yeard and eat as many cherries as I could pick. In my adolescent years, I remember going on vacation with them to St. Pete Beach, long before it was even a thought to retire there. We would go deep-sea fishing for red snapper, have barbecues on the beach, dog tracks, swam, ate King Crab Legs, played shuffle-board, etc. In my 20’s, he was there to meet and greet my children with open arms as their Uncle too. In my 30’s I moved to France and although the quantity of my visits was less, the quality of our talks and visits were profound. In my 40’s, my Uncle Lee came to visit me in France, and the stream of tears roll down my face of the gratitude of have for the time spent with him here. I enjoyed his company so much from our morning coffee to our little tours we took in France.
We never have enough time with the people we love. Tomorrow is so unpredictable and not guaranteed, so it’s a hard reminder to us all to live each day to the fullest.
See you later (later, later -..not right now or not See you Soon…like my Mother-in-Law says after her dinner prayer, instead of Amen…LOL!!) Uncle Lee – and Thank You for your time, love and support that you gave to me. I love you and will miss you.

Leah Phelps

August 1, 2020

I loved when Uncle Lee came back to Indiana for a visit. We would sit and talk for hours, reminiscing about the old days. There was never enough hours in the day, and time flew by way too quickly. My granddaughter always called him Grandpa, and he got the biggest kick out of that. I know that he is with the Lord, and the love of his life. He loved them both equally. You will be greatly missed. Fly high Uncle Lee. I Love You!

Angie Spear

July 31, 2020

Lee was a kind, fun loving fellow and I always enjoyed being around him and Jackie. Spent many fall nights having bon fires at there house in indiana. And I remember he did love to dance and have fun at the sororiety conventions . Lee we will all miss your smiling face. Until we meet again! Kiss Jackie for us!

Cheryl Welch-Williams

July 30, 2020

I will miss our Sunday morning breakfasts at McDonalds. And you calling me on Sundays after you moved to see if I was there. We had some great conversations. I will also miss my crying buddy at our wisdom warrior movie nights! Between the both of us we always needed a box of tissues! Hahahaha. You were a great guy and will be truly missed.

Jason Price

July 30, 2020

Brother Leroy,
You know me as Jay. My wife, Gina and I always looked forward to seeing you in that first chair at Wednesday night supper. Always a handshake and a friendly hello. We missed you when you weren't there. Of course we are saddened to know that is now a thing of the past, but we rejoice in the glory of the Lord and are so grateful that God blessed us with your presence. Absent from the body, present with the Lord: that is what we all hope for from the Bible and Pastor Lowe's teachings. We look forward to seeing you soon Brother.
Praise be to God.

Jay

Bonnie Sisco

July 30, 2020

I’m so glad I made it down for your 80th birthday.

Bonnie Sisco

July 30, 2020

I will miss you being with me so Wisdom Warrior movie night.

Bonnie Sisco

July 30, 2020

Leroy, I’m going to miss you so much. I’ve missed you going to dinner with me since you moved. I miss you sitting with me in church. I’ll miss you calling every other morning to make sure I’m ok. You are with Jackie now, and I know how much you missed her. You were a good man, Leroy.

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