Philip Richard Bernanke
J. B. Tallent Funeral Service
1937 North Sharon Amity Road
Charlotte, NC
Philip Richard Bernanke CHARLOTTE - Philip Richard Bernanke, 85, passed away August 8, 2012, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Phil was born on March 13, 1927, in New York City to Jonas Bernanke, a pharmacist, and Pauline Heiden Bernanke, a physician. In 1941, Jonas moved the family to Dillon, South Carolina, to open Jay Bee's Drugstore there. Phil finished high school in Dillon and then served in the U.S. Navy during the last year of World War II. He then went to the University of South Carolina in Columbia. After graduation, he continued his schooling by obtaining a master's degree in Directing Theater at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. It was during this time that he met Edna Friedman from Charlotte, who attended Women's College, now known as UNC-Greensboro. After Edna graduated, they married in 1952 and had son Ben the next year. Philip and Edna moved back to Dillon soon after. Phil began a pharmaceutical apprenticeship with his father in the drugstore and obtained a license to practice pharmacy from the state of South Carolina. They had three more children, Nan Yetta, who died in infancy, then Seth and Sharon. Phil practiced in Dillon with his father and his brother, Mort, for over forty years before retiring and moving to Charlotte. Phil and Mort dedicated themselves to serving the Dillon community, often opening the store after hours to help someone with a medical emergency. "Dr. Phil" and "Dr. Mort" were well-known and well-loved in Dillon, where Mort still lives. Since moving to Charlotte, Phil and Edna have been members of Temple Israel, participating in services and study as their health allowed. Phil loved his children and his grandchildren. He was a warm, witty and affectionate man who valued discussion and resolution over conflict. He had strong morals and values that he passed along to his children by word and deed. He is terribly missed. Phil was predeceased by his parents, Jonas and Lina; his brother, Frederick; and his infant daughter, Nan Yetta. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Edna Friedman Bernanke; brother, Mortimer (Pat); son, Ben (Anna); son, Seth (Ellen) and daughter, Sharon (Paul); and by his grandchildren, Joel, Alyssa, Mariah and Karinne. Services will be at 11:00 am, Friday, August 10, 2012 at Temple Israel with interment to follow at the Hebrew Cemetery. The family wishes to express appreciation to the caregivers and staff at the Carriage House. Memorials may be made to Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226. J.B. Tallent Funeral Service is assisting his family.

Published by Charlotte Observer on Aug. 9, 2012.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Funeral services provided by:
J. B. Tallent Funeral Service
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

18 Entries
Still remember Dr. Phil from his days in Dillon. I will never forget the play, "Arsenic and Old Lace" and his involvement in the great play. We really have missed him here in Dillon. God Bless you all in this time of sorrow!
Lonnie Turner
August 13, 2012
My condolences for your loss.

-of Monroe, NC currently in Washington, DC
Emily Bone
August 10, 2012
Wishing The Bernanke Family much love during this time of sorrow. Special thoughts to Seth, Ellen and children.
Kindest Regards, Martha Clark
Martha Clark
August 10, 2012
Thoughts and prayers for the Bernanke family.
Debbie Cumbee Johnson
August 10, 2012
My family is from Dillon SC and my Mom recalls when he and his wife ran the drugstore there. She had good things to say about him and we are sorry for your loss. Joanne Jackson Charlotte NC formally Dillon SC...
Joanne Jackson Christmas
August 10, 2012
My Grandma, Ruth Cottingham, lived on a 400 acre farm near Little Rock, SC and knew all of the Bernanke family. While she died in 1979, I can still remember going into JayBee Drugstore with her and being welcomed like royalty. Grandma always had to find out about all the children and how they were doing. I remember one time Mrs.Bernanke being so worried about Ben going back to Boston in that rattletrap he had been working on. Sharon was my age and so Mrs. Bernanke would always tell me about her. I can still see the cardboard pillboxes from Dr. Hardy and from Jaybee Drugs!
Thank you Mr. Bernanke for serving that town for so long.
John Graham
August 10, 2012
Special feelings of sympathy to his son Ben.
Alan Goozner
August 10, 2012
I've never had the honor of knowing Mr. Bernanke, but I'm so thankful for the sweetness and kindness Mrs. Bernanke has shown my mother as a neighbor these past few years. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family, Mrs. Bernanke, for peace and strength during this time of loss.
Karen Olive
August 10, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. I know losing a loved is hard to go through. I hope you can gain comfort from God's future promise.
August 9, 2012
To our dear friends, we send our deepest love and prayers as you grieve the loss of this precious man. He touched the lives of many people, especially ours.
FE and Alice (Lucy and Donna) Hobeika
August 9, 2012
Ben, I am sorry to learn of the loss of your Dad. I remember the many times he helped me at Jay Bees. I'll be praying for you and your family.
George & Mary Ellen Quick
August 9, 2012
Sharon & Family: I was so sorry to hear of your loss. When I think of your dad, I remember he and your mom out walking. I loved the way that he would walk in circles so that he didn't get too far ahead of her.
I'll have your family in my prayers.
Faith Alford Mew
August 9, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with the Bernanke Family
Joy Friedman
August 9, 2012
May God bless you and your family during this time of sorrow.
Milton and Joyce Christmas Miles
August 9, 2012
Thinking of all of you
Anna Traywick McFadden
August 9, 2012
My prayers and condolences to Chairman Bernanke and family.
Meriam Sellers-Haynes
August 9, 2012
I remember him with a smile on his face behind counter at Jay Bee Drug Store. He was always caring to your needs, and also helped when he could, to give you meds. and not having to go to Dr. His mane will always be remembered when anyone says 'JAY BEE DRUG STORE". Rest In Peace, Sir, for you helped alot do the same. Cindy "Miller" Church.Dillon,S.C.
Cindy "miller" Church
August 9, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to Edna And all the family. Charles & Gloria Gordon
Charles Gordon
August 9, 2012
Showing 1 - 18 of 18 results