Debra, I am so sorry to hear about Phillips' passing back in February, I just read about it on Facebook from friends of his in high school and I am shocked. Everybody loved Phillip. I went to Homewood High with Phillip and he was a dear friend to me and as you know was the sweetest, most caring and fun to be around guy, not to mention the cutest. We were in the band together about 37 years ago. I'll never forget a funny thing that happened to Phillip even though it wasn't funny to Phillip at the time. Phillip and a bunch of us had gone to our friends place on the Warrior River and he loved the river. One time Phillip brought his boat to the river and we all had had a fun day and we were leaving the river, Phillip hitched his boat up to his truck to head back to His house in Homewood. On the way home Phillip was going around a curve and the boat went flying off the road because he forgot to hitch the boat. We felt bad for him but it was hilarious, but Phillip took it in stride not happy but didn't lose his temper. He was loved by all the band members and there are many great memories with him. I am so glad Phillip had such a loving wife and I am praying for God to comfort you and the rest of his family at this time. Cindy Ellis Edwards
Back in 1977, I arrived at Rhein Main AB Germany. They would assign someone to show the new guys around. Phil was assigned to me. A laid back, super nice guy. We hung out more than a few times. Though I only knew him a short time I'm very saddened by his passing. May God give him rest and may his family have peace. God bless.
Phillip, it has been almost 7 months since you left. I know they say it gets easier with time, but I find that I miss your smile, your laugh, your humor, your piercing blue eyes that give THAT look, your zest for life and yes, even your OCD habits more and more. You left such a void in my life. I know you are no longer in pain, no longer suffering, you are again able to smile and laugh and I know that you are watching over us all but...I wish I could just hold you one more time. I will forever love you!
So saddened to learn of my friend Phil's passing in February of this year – we have been looking for him for 25+ years after leaving the Air Force. We worked together as Crash – Rescue – Firefighters at Rhein Main AB, Germany. RIP to a great Firefighter and friend.
Back Row: John Carriero Front Row: Jeff Zelazny, Phil and Bill Moore.
Im so so sorry to hear my dear friend from the service is gone...We have looked for many years to find him...Today is a very sad day for me..
Marie, Phillip and Marie's two other sons have been on my mind lately. I didn't know that Phillip had passed away. Years ago, we all used to go on trips together...Florida, Tennessee, and Lay Lake. All three boys were so funny and sweet that we all had a very good time together. Marie and Debrah and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I wished I had known that Phillip was here in my city of Pleasant Grove...I would have looked him up to say hello. I pray that God is with you, Wanda & Gary Smith
I wish you could have been there.
I knew the first time I cut Philip's hair a couple of years ago that he would not only be one of my most favorite customers but one of my most favorite people. He is such agood hearted guy and an inspiration! I love you both, Debrah! If you ever need anything let me know. With deepest sympathy and a lot of hugs ((((((((((((<3))))))))))))
If I could do my life over...I would find you sooner so I could love you longer! I miss you so much.
Although I never had the opportunity to meet Phillip in person, (his wife is my best friend), I feel I knew him well. I am so saddened by the loss of such a great man. Men like Phillip are rare, and he will be greatly missed. Phillip, thank you for being so kind to my best friend. Somehow I know you are already busy helping out up there!
Remembering Phillip Bennett -
I want to start by saying how blessed I am for having known Phillip Bennett as long as I have. When you spend a third of your life with someone, you can't help but consider them family. He began his career at Pleasant Grove on March 08, 2003. When he started, he probably had forgotten more about firefighting than I knew at the time, but yet somehow he was my "rookie" because of senority. Turns out, he taught me more (about life) than I could have ever taught him. He taught me valuable lessons about commitment, friendship and hard work. If it was saturday and we were to only wash the bay out, we also blew off city Hall's parking lot while we were at it. That's just the kiind of guy he was. He taught me how to find deals at yard sales, tht onions are good in just about anythiings, and that you can actually have trees shipped through the post office. I learned that pepper is a huge staple in meal preparation and coffee was a 24-7 commitment! As many of you may know, Phillip did live in a barn. Yes, a barn. Although this barn was the butt of many jokes around the fire station, once we all saw how beautiful it was, he was the one with the last laugh, He devoted many years of his life to that barn, lake and surrounding land and it truly is a beautiful place. Phillip could always fall asleep at the drop of a hat, but his snoring seemed to keep everyone else awake. When we would complain about his snoring, his humourous reply was always, "It doesn't bother me at all". He always had a coffee cup in his hand, but never his cell phone. It was usually turned off and in the truck. He always enjoyed the little things, a great cup of coffee, good conversation or a home cooked meal. He was such a simple guy but that's what made him such a remarkable person. He knew the value of hard work, friendship, family and the outdoors while everything else really didn't seem to matter. Phillip was the type to never turn away a stray animal, a friend looking for advice or a stranger just seeking conversation. Traits like that made him a pleasure to work with and an even greater friend to know and love.
Phillip, from all of us at Pleasant Grove you will always have a place in our hearts and we appreciate you allowing us in yours.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It can be very painful to lose someone we love in death. Reflecting on the promises God gives to see our loved ones again can bring you comfort.
You will be missed Phillip! Rip. Well take watch from here
I worked with Phillip at Chelsea and Pleasant Grove, he was always encouraging, especially to me since i was just starting out in the fire service. Always looked forward to working with Phillip, i will never forget the first fire i made at pg and i was pretty nervous, i turned around and here came phillip and i instantly felt ok. He said just keep pushing it kid... What a great person. Phillip also was very caring, at PG, jail inmates would come over and help around the station and when it came time to eat Phillip always paid extra so he could give the inmate a plate. As long as everybody else was happy, Phillip was happy. I will never forget him.
While I haven't seen Phillip in years I am sure he is still the wonderful guy he was in high school - I am sorry for your loss, may your grief be overtaken by your wonderful memories - until we all meet again
I worked with Philip before he became a fireman. He was in my department at UAB. I will always remember him as friendly, smiling, hard working, funny and loving. Kyle Swanson
Phil was so thoughtful, caring and sweet. One of my fondest memories of Phil was when he took Jaime and me to the opera! He didn't think anything about it but to me it was so special! He was such a kind and caring soul. My heart breaks that you have left behind so many that love you dearly, but I rejoice knowing your in heaven!! Your smile will be missed!
Phillip was such an amazing person. Glad I got to know him.
I just loved Phil. He would do anything for anybody and just a great guy. He will be missed and I know he is in the palm of God's hand. Maggie
I wanted to express my condolences to your family. A bible thought of comfort I have found is at Psalms 46:1 which states God is our refuge and a help during times of distress.
Phillip you will be missed by all who knew you. Thanks for all the great memories from the fire station to tromping around on "the property" to yard sailing on saturdays. We will meet again buddy.
Deborah my heart breaks with you. You will be in my continours prayers.
Phillip was a very special person, brother in the fire service and a very caring person. He never met a stranger and was a joy to be around. I will miss your wit and laugh. It was an honor to be called your friend.
Captain Richard Mathews, Pleasant Grove Fire Dept.
I was a lucky girl to have Phillip as my UNCLE! I will never forget our lake house days at Lay Lake and you playing "jaws" with us in the water. I'll also never forget you and Mom almost drowining me while teaching me to ski! I love you Uncle Phillip and will miss you! I hope you're having a big meal in Heaven! I'll see you soon!
From the depths of my heart the memories begin to flood in. The 5:a.m. walks, the coffee, the time you invited us for turnip greens; as we finished you informed us it was actually "poke salad" you picked on the side of the road. The AUTHENTIC compassion you showed everyone you touched! The 60 miles you and Debrah drove to rescue me and repair my truck on the side of the interstate............"For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and melt into the sun. And what is it the cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and seek GOD unencumbered" by KAHLIL GIBRAN
I am so grateful to call you my friend. FOREVER in my heart!
What a special man,,, I will always remember his great grin when he would come over to dispatch to make our day all better,,,, thanks Phillip for always being a great friend,,,, Rest in Peace my friend, I will see u on the other side,,,, Bennett out,,,, i love u ,,,, lyn
While never having had the opportunity to meet Phillip in person, I came to know him through my daughter's eyes. I know him to have been a loving, gentle and caring man who was taken Home to our Lord far to early. You will be forever greatly missed, Phillip.
He was a very gentle and caring man,and brave. You will be missed always
Phillip was a great friend that could be counted on. A firefighter to rival any, a great cook, a man with a green thumb that could make anything grow. You could take what Phillip said to heart, he was a man of his word. We are all richer for knowing Phillip, he will be missed!