Phillip Mario McFerrin, age 52, of Clinton, Maryland; departed this life on January 17, 2015.
Phillip, the son of the late Ophelia Raybon McFerrin and the late Elmo Gaines, Jr. was born on August 21, 1962 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was a graduate of Oakland High School Class of 1980 and attended Middle Tennessee State University. Phillip later attended the Computer Learning Center where he became a certified Information Technology Specialist. At the time of his passing, Phillip was a dedicated employee at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. He worked as an Information Technology Specialist for 14 years.
Known to many as ChilPhil a.k.a. Sir Head the Fall Guy, Phillip was a friend to everyone he encountered. Through the many facets of his life, he always illustrated his love for the Lord. He was passionate about his faith and his commitment to serving. His dedication to the homeless was portrayed through his countless acts of generosity. He spent many lunch breaks eating and conversing with the homeless in the area in which he worked. Purchasing meals was not his purpose, but giving others a sense of belonging and kinship was his mission. His outpouring of compassion and kindness reached all that crossed his path.
Phillip was an avid hunter, fisherman, lover of technology, gadgets and cars. He, a Porsche enthusiast, was known to pull up with his top down flashing his electric smile. Through his many travels, he acquired a passion for fine wines and classic cigars. In his earlier years, you could find him on the turntables delivering the latest hits. Never one to be idle, he lived his life to the fullest!
His life was enriched and ever changed with the birth of his daughter Kelsea Nevaeh McFerrin. Phillip loved Kelsea dearly and was passionate about being a father. Always present, he was a teacher, a role model and a provider. He cherished every moment spent with Kelsea and the precious father-daughter bond they shared.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved daughter Kelsea Nevaeh McFerrin of Ellicott City, MD; sisters, Marion Medley of Milwaukee, WI; Alice Hammond, Gloria Knox (James), Hattie Motley of Murfreesboro, TN; Dorothy O. Vaughn of Fort Washington, MD; J. Darlyn Green of Murfreesboro, TN and Valencia McFerrin of Clinton, MD; brothers John McFerrin, Jr. (Rhonda) and Bernard McFerrin of Murfreesboro, TN; sisters, Linda Daniels (John) and Yolanda Smith (Megale) of Murfreesboro, TN; brothers Robert Gaines and Ricky Henderson of Murfreesboro, TN; special friend, Juanita Pray of Lanham, MD; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Tonya Hughes of Murfreesboro, TN.
Phillip Mario McFerrin will lie in state on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Rucker Memorial Chapel, Inc.12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Allen Chapel AME Church, 244 Maney Avenue, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130. Viewing at 12 p.m. and funeral service to begin at 1 p.m. Reverend Keith R. Mayes will be the Eulogist.
Interment immediately following the service at Evergreen Cemetery, 519 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130.
Services have been entrusted to Rucker Memorial Chapel, 1505 Bradyville Pike, Murfreesboro, TN 37130; (615)895-2200; www.ruckermemorialchapel.com