Funeral services for Philip Louie “Phil” Thomison were 10 a.m., Thursday, August 6, 2020 at the Hale’s Memorial Chapel in Sulphur, with Pastor Bill Leveridge officiating.
Phil was born July 28, 1939 in Ardmore.
He died Sunday, August 2, 2020 in Sulphur, at the age of 81 years and 5 days. Phil and the former Ms. Leslie June Terrell were married on December 31, 1994 in Gainesville, TX.
Phil grew up in Ardmore, graduating from Ardmore High School, Class of 1957.
While in high school, he worked for the Safeway Grocery.
Little did he know, his employment with that company would continue for the next 41 years of his life.
Phil had a passion for people, which made him perfect for the retail grocery business.
Being a “people person,” he made it a point to know his customers and be able to call them by name, when he saw them.
Throughout his time with Safeway, Phil managed several stores in Oklahoma and Arizona. His time with the company brought him great joy.
After retiring from Safeway, Phil then worked for multiple grocery stores, where his passion for the grocery business and people continued. Phil began working for Sooner Foods in the early 2000s, where he would finish out his career.
In earlier years, he enjoyed working on his 1955 Chevy. He was a diehard OU fan, as well as, an avid fan of NASCAR Racing and Dale Earnhardt. Phil’s most cherished pass time was spent being with his beloved family.
Survivors include his loving wife, June; daughter, Karrie Thomison of Fountain, CO; step-sons, Derrell Purnell and wife Angie Linder of Moore, OK, Stephen Purnell of Sulphur and Brian Purnell of Greenville, TX; grandchildren, Kylie Thomison, Colton Purnell and wife Shara, Brooke Purnell, Myah Purnell, Dustin Wallace and Corbin Linder; great-granddaughter, Bella Wallace; two siblings, Lora Stokes of Ardmore and Jerry Thomison of Lone Grove; two nephews, Phillip Kennedy and wife Karon and Rodney Thomison; one niece, Kathy Rawdon and husband Jeff; as well as his beloved dog, “Buster”.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Margaret (Smith) Thomison.
The family received friends Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
The family suggests those attending the service wear OU attire to honor Phil’s passion for the University of Oklahoma.
Services are entrusted to Hale’s Funeral Home of Sulphur.
On line condolences may be offered at halesfuneralhomes.com.