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Funeral services with military honors for Warren McPhillips Sr. will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 2, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Moss Service Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. McPhillips died Nov. 26, after a brief illness. He was born March 9, 1923, in Mobile, Ala., to Julian Byrnes and Lilybel McGowin McPhillips. After attending, Tulane University in New Orleans, Mr. McPhillips joined the U.S. Navy and successfully completed his fighter pilot training at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. He was then immediately deployed to the Pacific region and flew missions from an aircraft carrier during World War II. After two tours of duty in the Pacific, Mr. McPhillips was honorably discharged with the rank of First Lieutenant. Following his discharge, Mr. McPhillips joined the family business, King Pharr Canning Operations, in Selma, Ala.
Mr. McPhillips and his family moved from Selma to Cullman in 1957, where he served as president of King Pharr Canning Operations for over 25 years. King Pharr operated six plants in the southeast. Mr. McPhillips was a hard working successful businessman and his family business contributed to the Cullman economy for many decades with 200 employees and over 1,000 employees, companywide. Mr. McPhillips also served as president of the Georgia Canners Association. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a board member of Saint Bernard College. Mr. McPhillips was an avid golfer and played three times a week until very recently and, as all older golfers do, he took great pride in the fact that he was able to shoot his age since he was 70.
Mr. McPhillips was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Frances Ledbetter McPhillips; and daughter, Frances McPhillips Brownlee.
Survivors include two sons, Warren McPhillips Jr. (Susan) of Roswell, Ga., and John McPhillips (Linda) of Cullman; three daughters, Libby McPhillips of Scottsdale, Ariz., Mary Morrow McPhillips of Birmingham and Emily McPhillips Otis (Alan) of Mt. Olive, Ala.; son-in-law, Bob Brownlee of Lemont, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the ARC of Jefferson County (Association of Retarded Children) 6001 Crestwood Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35212.
Published on November 27, 2017
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