Death – Betty Joyce Phifer || Obituary

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Betty Joyce Phifer, 85 of Detroit, Texas gained her wings on December 24th at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services have been set for Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 10:00 AM at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Susan Leddy officiating.  Interment will follow at Detroit Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

Betty was born on May 20, 1936, in Blossom, Texas to Ada Hicks Wright and George W. Wright.  She married the love of her life, Elmer Junior Phifer on January 6m 1953.  He preceded her in death on August of 2000,

She is survived by three children, Cathy Moore of Blossom, Thomas Phifer of Detroit, Bobby Phifer and wife Marsha of Detroit; nine grandchildren; David Rowton and wife Autumn, Clint Moore and wife Sarah, Rachael Moore and life partner, Carla Harp, Kelly Newberry, Cody Phifer and wife Miriam, Colby Phifer, Blaine Phifer, Lee Phifer, Jeremy Phifer and wife Ashley; 14 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Crouch, Sarah Higdon and Donna Adams.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Jerry Phifer; granddaughters, Joy Rowton, Clarissa Phifer; brothers, John Wright, Tommy Smith; sister, Lois Rife; son-in-law, Archie Moore

Serving as Pallbearers will be David Rowton, Cody Phifer, Colby Phifer, Blaine Phifer, Lee Phifer and Jeremy Phifer.

Online condolences may be sent to the Phifer family at

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In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.