2015-06-12 / Obituaries

Gary Phifer, worked as an engineer with Westinghouse and PQ Corporation

COLUMBIA – Clarence Gary Phifer Jr., 75, beloved husband and Dad, passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Born in Gaffney on Oct. 13, 1939, to Clarence G. Phifer and Mildred Fort Phifer, he received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1963 and then married Jo Ann Parker of Macon, Ga., on October 19 of the same year. Mr. Phifer served as a 2nd

Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C., from 1964-1966.

Mr. Phifer worked as an engineer at Westinghouse in Mansfield, Ohio, and in Columbia, S.C., for 27 years, from 1963 to 1991. He also worked at PQ Corporation in Augusta, Ga., from 1991 until 2000.

Mr. Phifer loved music and was gifted in precision sound recordings, and he was sound engineer for the Columbia City Ballet for many years as a volunteer. He also spent much time with his family, whom he loved very much. They often went camping and hiking together in the mountains or at the beach.

He loved whistling, and in 2007 was awarded second place in the Allied Arts competition category at the International Whistler’s Convention in Louisburg, N.C. He occasionally whistled along with the choir at Shandon Baptist Church, and sometimes also at nursing homes.

His wife Jo Ann passed away on May 24 of this year. Mr. Phifer is survived by his brother-inlaw, John Parker; his daughter, his son and daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. Mr. Phifer was predeceased by his younger sister Shirley some years ago.

A memorial service for him and his wife will be held on Sunday, June 14, at 6 p.m. at Saluda Shoals Park, Columbia.

Please sign the online guestbook at dunbarfunerals.com.

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