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Philip Warren Cruzen


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Philip Warren Cruzen

Memphis, TN

Philip Warren Cruzen, 64, died September 9, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. Philip's life creed was, "Leave this world a little better than you found it."

He was born September 8, 1953 in Memphis to Madeline Elizabeth Coe Cruzen and the late Warren Boles Cruzen. After graduating high school at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi. While in college, he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and served on the Associated Student Body and as vice president of the Inter-Fraternity Council.

Philip began his professional career at Cruzen Equipment Company, Inc. as Assistant Branch Manager in 1975 and was President/CEO from 1982 – 2006. During this time he was an active member of the Petroleum Equipment Institute and served as president of the trade association as his father did before him. He made further contributions to the petroleum equipment business with nearly a decade of service on various distributor advisory committees. Most recently, he was an Institutional Registered Representative at Duncan-Williams, Inc.

Philip was devoted to serving his community. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth and as an adult was active in the Chickasaw Council. As a member of the Memphis Rotary Club, he was a Paul Harris Fellow and chair/treasurer of the District Youth Leadership Conference. He was an avid hunter and conservationist and spent nearly two decades volunteering for Ducks Unlimited, Inc. with such roles as Regional Vice President, member of the Board of Directors, Tennessee State Chairman, Trustee Emeritus, and Heritage Sponsor. He served the City of Germantown as chairman of the Germantown Planning Commission as well as being on the board of zoning appeals. He was a lifelong supporter of the University of Mississippi contributing his time on the Alumni Board of Directors and as President of the Memphis Rebel Club. He displayed his devotion to the City of Memphis and to the local children's charities through his involvement with Carnival Memphis by serving not only on the Board of Directors but as chair of the Children's Charity Initiative committee.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kathleen Baker Cruzen of Germantown, Tennessee; their two sons, Philip Warren Cruzen, Jr. (Whitney Nick Cruzen) and Stephen Baker Cruzen (Vickie Moffett Cruzen), both of Memphis; their daughter, Julia Cruzen Scales (Mark Beasley Scales) of Marietta, Georgia; their two grandchildren, Baker Pate Cruzen and Katherine Julianne Cruzen, both of Memphis; and his sister, Betty Coe Manuel (David Paul Manuel) of Fort Worth, Texas. He loved and is loved by his family.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, September 14 at Church of the Holy Communion with a reception to follow in Cheney Parish Hall. Private burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Carnival Memphis Children's Charity Initiative, the Church of the Holy Communion, or the .
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Sept. 12, 2017
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