FRED E. PHILLIPS
April 25, 2019
Fred E. Phillips, 84, of Martinsburg, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on Friday evening, April 19, 2019, at Homewood at Martinsburg.
A funeral with military honors was held on Tuesday, April 23, at Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church. Pastor Brian McCall, Pastor J. Brant Leidy and Daniel Horton officiated.
Private interment was held in Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg.
Fred was born on July 6, 1934, along Clover Creek in rural Martinsburg, son of the late James H. and Shirley (Burket) Phillips.
He married Grace E. Metzker on July 20, 1956, in Winchester, Virginia.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 62 years; a son, Larry W. Phillips of Juniata; a daughter-in-law, Gabi M. Williams of Newburg; four granddaughters: Holly J. Bem of Ebensburg, Mindy Ochoa (Neil) of Maiden, North Carolina, Adrienne E. Williams of Newburg and Amber E. Phillips of Juniata; a grandson, Dustin F. Phillips of Williamsburg; 17 great-grandchildren; and a brother, John G. Phillips of Hollidaysburg.
He was preceded in death by a son, Allen E. Phillips, who passed away on Feb. 27, 2018; a grandson, Christopher C. Phillips, who passed away on Aug. 19, 2002; twin infant sisters; and four brothers: JoAndy, James, Marl Goodling and S. Bill Phillips.
Fred was a 1952 graduate of Morrison Cove High School, Martinsburg.
Following high school, he served one year in the U.S. Naval Reserves. Fred then joined the U.S. Army, where he served during the Korean War, serving from 1954 until 1956, attaining the rank of PFC.
He was a member of Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church and a former member of the Berachah Sunday School Class.
Fred worked as a welder for Conrail at the Sam Rae Car Shop, Hollidaysburg, with 19 years of service.
Fred loved spending time with his family, reading Louis L'Amour books and also enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions football.
Memorial contributions in memory of Fred can be given to Gideon's International Bible Ministry or Martinsburg Community Library.
Arrangements by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., http://www.bolgerfuneralhome.com, Martinsburg.