McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


October 4, 2012

Joe E. Phifer Sr.

Joe E. Phifer Sr., 73, of McAlester

McALESTER — Joe E. Phifer Sr., 73, of McAlester, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at McAlester Regional Health Center.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Chaney-Harkins Chapel.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church in McAlester. Arrangements are under the direction of Chaney-Harkins Funeral Home of McAlester.

Born June 10, 1939, in McAlester, he was the son of Wilma Phifer Green and Charles Phifer. He attended L’Ouverture Elementary and L’Ouverture High School, where he excelled in academics, football and basketball.

After graduation in 1958, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he achieved the rank of sergeant E-5. After completing basic training, he was stationed in Hanau Germany. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and completed his military assignments in Korea, Virginia and Fort Ord, Calif.

He married Gisela Weigelt while stationed in Germany on June 13, 1960. After his honorable discharge from the army, he was employed with the United States Postal Service as a senior automotive mechanic.

Upon his return to McAlester, he was employed at the Army Ammunition Plant until he retired on disability.

His favorite past times were listening to blues and gospel music. He enjoyed fishing, smoking turkeys and tinkering with all his “toys” before his health began to fail.

He attended Turner A.M.E. and Ward Chapel A.M.E. churches during his school years.

Survivors include his mother, Wilma Green, of McAlester; wife, Gisela Phifer, of the home; daughters, Patricia Waters and Robert Roe, of Oklahoma City, and Linda Sandergelt and Ellis, Muehlheim, Germany; sons, Joe Phifer Jr. and Triena, of Tulsa, Stevan Phifer, of Oklahoma City, and Edbert Phifer and Maureen, of Oklahoma City.

Also, grandchildren, Madison Trowell, of Oklahoma City, David Waters Jr., of Oklahoma City, Tony Latour and Trina, Dallas, Robert Phifer and Kelina, of Tulsa, Christopher Phifer, of Tulsa, Eddie Schultz and Kelly, Las Vegas, Nev., Josef, Miles, Susie, Jonathan, Nickoles, Linda and Jordan Phifer, all of Oklahoma City, Stevani and Christian Phifer, of Oklahoma City, and Virginia and Victor Sandergeld, Muehlheim, Germany; three great-grandchildren; sister, Patricia Bannister and Earle, of McAlester; brother, Everett Phifer and Lois, of McAlester; aunt, Myrtle Pierson, Tucson, Ariz.; sister and brother-in-law, Robert Elli Witt, Dietzenbach, Germany, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Phifer, and both maternal and paternal grandparents.

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