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Marked Tree Cemetery
Monday May 16th, 2022

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Delancey Funeral Home Marked Tree
Monday May 16th, 2022
10:00am - 10:45am

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Phillip Alan Shafer

Phillip Alan Shafer, 69, of Southaven, Mississippi departed this life on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at his home.  He was born on December 25, 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee to Paul Maddox and Lela Pearl Oliver Shafer.  After graduating from Whitehaven High School, he received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, where he played football.  He then pursued his career playing Professional Football for the Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles.

He is preceded in death by his parents and step-son: Jeremy Hagewood.

Phillip is survived by his wife: Marsha James Shafer of the home, three grandsons: Trace Daniel Hagewood, Maddox Leh Hagewood and Ian Carson Floyd, two brothers: Paul Thomas Shafer and David Shafer, one sister: Paulette Johnson and many other family members and friends.

A graveside service will be held Monday, May 16, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Marked Tree Cemetery in Marked Tree, Arkansas. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. at Delancey Funeral Home in Marked Tree Arkansas.



I was in the 5th grade at Graves Road school, in Whitehaven Tn. when they introduced a new student, Phillip Shafer to my homeroom class. When I first saw him, I could tell he was a special kid and wanted to be his friend. I am sure we were hard on the new guy and we called him the blue boy, as he a wore blue oxford cloth shirts all week, that had an ivy loop on the back, he was as cool as the under side of a pillow, We could not get under his skin and it took no time before he was one of the guys. Well, i got my wish and we became fast friends. We were the only two kids from Graves that got to attend Whitehaven high school, when the rest went to Hillcrest, Our fathers had become friends and pulled some strings, so we could play for coach Elmer Ray at Whitehaven. The last time I saw Phillip was at coach Rays Funeral, I could go on and on about the good times. getting to meet Elvis, working the Lepanto drive-in, going to reelfoot lake and eating @ Boyettes,
When I was a young buck, I found myself at a tent revival. I remember the preacher saying that, The greatest gift that God gave his children is our memory. We can call upon the greatest gift at anytime and remember our
friends and loved ones.I will always love Phil Shafer.

John Land May 15 2022 10:47 PM