Earl LaVaughn Phifer
By Kim Swindell Wood | April 13, 2019 8:42 am
Earl LaVaughn Phifer, 88, of Sparta, passed away April 11, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Phifer was born Oct. 17, 1930, in Ulysses, Kansas. He was the son of Mark Phifer and Laura Howard Phifer.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he received the Bronze Star Medal.
He was very involved in the community. Mr. Phifer sponsored many youth sports teams as well as coached. He was a business owner. Mr. Phifer owned Jim and Earl’s Sporting Goods for many years. In 1986, he and his son, Kurt, formed Marine Fabrication Inc. Mr. Phifer retired from that business, in 1993.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Nancy Phifer.
Survivors include his son, Kurt Phifer (Ginger), of Sparta; granddaughter, Ashleigh Phifer, of Nashville; grandson, Brett Phifer, of Sparta; brothers, Kenn Phifer (Yvonne), of Livonia, Mississippi, Bill Phifer (Billie), of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and many other family members, friends, and neighbors.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., April 16, 2019, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with Emory Thompson officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Veterans’ Honor Guard. Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family will welcome friends 11 a.m.-2 p.m., April 16, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Sparta-White County Rescue Squad and the Veterans’ Honor Guard. Donations can be made at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.