RUNNELS, Philip "Phil" 68, of Lutz, died at his home on Aug. 22, 2013. Philip was the son of the late Melvin & Mildred LaFortune Runnels. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan Runnels; other survivors include his son, C. (Jamie) Runnels; his grandchild, Sydne Runnels; and a sister, Paulette Wulfeck. Phil was a veteran of the U.S. Army, retired from Hillsborough County School system, where he was a middle school teacher. He was also a volunteer at the Pasco County Animal Services where among his many duties took care of the kittens. Phil received two Presidential Volunteer Certificates from President Obama for his work at the shelter. Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28th, 7:30 pm, at Haught Funeral Home in Plant City, where the family will receive friends one half hour prior to the service. If so desired, contributions may be made in Phil's memory to the Pasco County Animal Services, at 19640 Dog Patch Lane, Land OLakes, FL 34638. Online condolences left at: www.haughtfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 27, 2013