Samuel D. Pharr, 89, of Cleveland, Tn., died Friday, June 15, 2012 at the family residence.
Mr. Pharr was the son of the late James N. Pharr and Lucy Jane Newell Pharr; and was also preceded in death by his daughter, Cheryle Ann Pharr; his sisters, Lula Tanner, Violet Fuller, and Erma Ivy; his brothers, Holland and Howard Pharr; and three infant siblings.
Mr. Pharr was a U. S. Army Veteran, serving in W. W. II. He was stationed in France and Germany and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He received a Bronze Star for his meritorious military service.
Mr. Pharr grew up in Belmont, Mississippi. He moved to Cleveland to teach at the Tomlinson Memorial School. After it closed he taught in the Bradley County School System, with the majority of his tenure spent at Black Fox Elementary School. At Black Fox he was the perennial coach of the girls' basketball team, winning several district Championships. Mr. Pharr was a certified Master Gardener. Landscaping and Gardening were his passions. He was a long-time member of the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy where he served as Deacon. He also attended The Church of God, Zion Hill.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Pharr of Cleveland; his son, Tony Pharr also of Cleveland; his brother, Ezekiel Pharr of Chester, Va.; his sisters-in-law, Minnie Lou Pharr of Chester, Va., Vera Nell Pharr of Atlanta, Elaine Cavallo of Memphis and Dean Wigginton of Belmont, Miss.; his brothers-in-law, Orvil Wigginton of Belmont, Miss. and Gerald Wigginton of Florence, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
The Remembrance of Life Service will be conducted Monday, June 18, at 1 p.m. at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy with Reverends Marvin Eskew, David Risch, Brian Sutton, and Deacon Henry Wyatt officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Gardens with Reverends Brian Sutton and Harvey Anders officiating. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Military Honors will be given. The body may be viewed at the church on Monday, June 18 from 12-1 p.m. before the service.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 17 from 5-8 p.m. at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy.
The North Ocoee Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes has charge of the arrangements.