Clifton Phibbs, 88, long-time resident of Fries, passed away Saturday, April 21.
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He was the last surviving child of Oscar and Colombia Horton Phibbs.
He proudly served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. He journeyed to Cairo and Africa and returned with stories and glimpses of culture he continued to share with others throughout his life.
He was a hard-working husband and father, devoting years of his life to Hanes, working in the Fries Textile Mill and driving a milk truck for Sealtest, making life-long friends along the way.
Cliff never met a stranger, a park bench he didn't like, a sports team he couldn't discuss, or a joke he couldn't tell. He treasured life, prided himself on being a good friend and neighbor, and valued his family above all else.
Survivors include Louise, his wife of 64 years; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Cheryl Phibbs of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and their children Victoria, Colin and Spencer; a daughter-in-law, Linda Phibbs and granddaughter Christa, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and a special niece, Vicki Lynn Roberts of Fries.
He was preceded in death by his son, Rick.
The family wishes to thank members of the extended family, most notably, Junior Anderson and Max Hall who contributed to Cliff's comfort and care on a daily basis.
A memorial visitation will be held today, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home from noon to 2 p.m. with graveside service immediately following at Mount Hope Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fries Sports Club, the First Baptist Church of Fries or Fries Methodist Church.
A guestbook is available at www.vaughanguynn.com
Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home is serving the family.
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