L.W. "Phil" Phillips, 89, of Lehigh Acres, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. He was born Nov. 26, 1922, in Cross Timbers, Miss.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corp. during WWII and moved to Fort Myers in 1952.
In 1976, he became the owner of Corner Grocery until 1987, when he retired and lived his remaining years in Fort Myers, until moving to Lehigh where he lived until his death.
He loved to garden and loved to share his vegetables with the neighbors.
He is survived by his wife, Edna; children, Rodney (Audra) of Altamonte Springs, Ruth (Roger) of Greenwood, Miss., Myrna of Missouri, Donna of Independence, Miss., and Lawrence Jr. (Dawn) of Morristown, Tenn.; grandchildren, Sarah, Scott, Shane, Spencer, Tony, Jackie, Shelley, Lori, Sierra and Elizabeth; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; sister, Ila Stapleton of Alva; and brother, Kenneth Phillips of Louisburg, Miss.
He was preceded in death by his father, David; mother, Pearl; son, Larry Dale; brothers, John, David and Dee; and sister, Louise.
Visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Hodges Funeral Home, in Fort Myers. A funeral followed Friday. Interment was held in Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Warren, Fred Warren, Evert Warren, Larry Russell, Scott Duval, and Cecil Raulerson; honorary pallbearers are grandsons Scott, Shane and Spencer and nephew Caleb Warren.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908, or the National Parkinson Foundation at www.parkinson.org.