Philip Golden English, Jr., 89, a 63-year resident of Jackson, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2013. His was a life well lived. Born in Fairfield, AL in 1924, he graduated from Ensley High School and the University of Alabama. A World War II veteran, he served in the Marshall and the Gilbert Islands in the U.S. Marine Corps and was called back into service during the Korean War; he also served in the Alabama National Guard. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Jackson, and Masonic Lodge #226. He taught elementary school for 2 years in McIntosh, and then was an accountant for Olin Corporation for the remainder of his career.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lora Dell Chastain English; his parents, Philip Golden English, Sr. and Jennie Findlay English of Birmingham. He is survived by his daughter, Alison I. English of Orange, CA; his son, Thomas P. English (Valerie) of Saraland; his grandchildren: Rachel English Farley (Brad) of Birmingham and Jeffrey C. English of Tuscaloosa; and his sister, Janet English Mc- Crorie of Birmingham.
He was an avid reader of history books and military escapades. Phil and his wife, Lora Dell, were seasoned domestic and world travelers— visiting the majority of the 50 states, Canada, Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, Western Europe, Scandinavia, India, Nepal, Australia and New Zealand. Phil was privileged to be on the May 2010 World War II Honor Flight to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was pro-education and required his children to study hard and go to college. Every night at the supper table, he would ask: “What new idea or concept did you learn today?” As a result of his educational focus, his children and grandchildren are university graduates, with the younger grandchild graduating in May 2014. He loved his family, modeled a moral, ethical and frugal lifestyle, knew his Lord Jesus well, and left a godly legacy for his children and grandchildren. Truly a life welllived.
Visitation: 10am-11am, Friday, August 2, 2013, Lathan Funeral Home, Hwy 43, Jackson.
Funeral Service: 11am-12 Noon, Lathan Funeral Home, Hwy 43, Jackson.
Interment to follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.lathanfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements by Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson.