Felipe (Phil) Gonzalez

Born: Fri., Jan. 28, 1944
Died: Sun., Jan. 22, 2017


Graveside Service

2:00 PM Thu., Feb. 09, 2017
Location: Fort Jackson National Cemetery


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Felipe “Phil” Gonzalez, 72 years of age, passed away peacefully in Columbia S.C. on January 22, 2017 after a long fight with cancer.

Phil was the devoted husband of Betty Ruth Crapps Gonzalez for thirty-seven years. He has three step-children: Linda (Gerald) Baker, Teresa (James) Moriarity, and Donna (Thomas) Teuber. He has four living grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Two of his grandchildren preceded him in death.

He was born in Lorain, Ohio in January of 1944, son of the late Apolinar and Soledad (Diaz) Gonzalez. Siblings are Trina Sanders, Mina (Ray) Fortier, Pedro (Chach), Paul, Margaret Blauvelt, and Joe (Gail) Gonzalez. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph.

He graduated from Admiral King High School, Loran Ohio, in 1962, and served in the United States Air Force as an airplane electrician in the 507th Air Support Squadron from 1965 until honorably discharged in 1969.

His confirmation was at Sacred Heart Church in Lorain, and he was later a member of First Baptist Church in Columbia, SC, where he and Betty were long-time members of the Joy of Living Sunday School Class.

He was employed by Springs Mills, Carolina Steel & Wire, and retired from the Bose Corporation.

His hobbies included spending time with grandchildren, gardening, watching baseball, and tinkering with tools and equipment.

His favorite Hymn -- the last he requested -- was “Amazing Grace.” He passed from this world into the next with a thankful heart.

The family would like to thank the fine doctors and nursing staff at Palmetto Baptist for their care in his last days.

He will be laid to rest at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery with military honors on the ninth of February at 2:00pm. Family, friends, and relatives are invited to attend the ceremony.

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S. Crump
   Posted Mon January 23, 2017

While it is indeed sad that you are mourning the loss of your dear Felipe, it saddens God even more. In the days ahead, you will continue to reflect on seemingly small but precious memories. This is only natural when we experience the loss of someone loved. However, be comforted in knowing that just as you have memories, certainly shows almighty God remembers as well. The difference is, God can and will restore perfect life to those in His memory. (John 5:28.29). In the meantime, God warmly invites you to trust in Him for comfort. (2 Cor. 1:3,4) Please accept my condolences at this most distressing time.


Becky Nunez Wilson
   Posted Sun January 29, 2017
• To Phil’s family - A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept our condolences, he will not be forgotten. Phillip, we know you are in God’s Kingdom with Mom, Dad & brother Ralph to live eternally in divine holy grace. Our dearest Phillip, rest in peace………. Your niece Carla Gonzales, nephew Steven Gonzales & I, Becky … Tampa, Florida.

T. Commander
   Posted Sun February 12, 2017
Please take comfort in the knowledge that God has made a provision for those lost to us in death.  The Bible says, "this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercise faith in him should have life, and I will resurrect him on the last day,"(John 6:40).  Jesus gives us hope in the fact that one day our dead loved ones will be brought back to life. So while we greive now for those lost in death, the best is yet to come!

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