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Obituary for Earl LaVaughn Phifer

Earl LaVaughn Phifer, 88 of Sparta, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born Friday, October 17, 1930 in Ulysses, Kansas. He was the son of the late Mark Phifer and the late Laura Howard Phifer. He was very involved in the community. He sponsored many youth sports teams as well as coached. He was a business owner. He owned Jim and Earl's Sporting Goods for many years. In 1986, Earl and his son, Kurt formed Marine Fabrication Inc. until Earl retired in 1993. Earl served in the Army during the Korean War where he recieved the Bronze Star Award.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Phifer.

Survivors include:

Son- Kurt Phifer (Ginger) of Sparta
Granddaughter- Ashleigh Phifer of Nashville
Grandson- Brett Phifer of Sparta
Brothers- Kenn Phifer (Yvonne) of Livonia, MI and Bill Phifer (Billie) of Colorado Springs, CO.

Many other family members, friends, and neighbors also survive.

Funeral Services will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Emory Thompson officiating and Military Honors provided by the Veteran's Honor Guard. Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Memorial Cemetery.The family will welcome friends on Tuesday from 11am until time of the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the White County Rescue Squad and the Veteran's Honor Guard. Donations can be made at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.

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