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Columbus "Phillip" Yarbrough

November 3, 1937 ~ July 17, 2018 (age 80)

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Columbus “Phillip” Yarbrough, Jr., age 80, of Westville, Florida passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Dothan, Alabama.  He was born November 3, 1937 in Holmes County, the son of Phillip and Hettie Royals Yarbrough.  He was employed with the family owned logging business when a traumatic accident occurred on the job making it impossible for him to continue logging, but as they say, “you can’t keep a good man down!”  Following the accident, during the 1970s, he and his wife Sylvia operated the store/gas station located at the intersection known to locals as Royal’s Crossroads.  Then he started his own trucking company.  He was a member of Hurricane Creek Church. Hunting and fishing were his favorite pastimes, with fishing being his favorite. Mr. Phillip was adored by many and will be truly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Hettie Yarbrough and two brothers: infant brother, Lavelle and Kenneth Yarbrough.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years Sylvia Yarbrough; one son, Timothy “Tim” Yarbrough of Geneva, Alabama; one daughter, Jan Burke and husband Richard of Samson, Alabama; two sisters, Quida Zorn of Westville, Florida and Mary Goldbach and husband Vic of Pensacola, Florida; one granddaughter, Amber Merritt and husband Mike of Westville, Florida; and two great- grandchildren, Mikayla Morgan and Hunter Merritt.

A time of visitation will be held Monday, July 23, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hurricane Creek Baptist Church, Westville, Florida 32464. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 24, 2018 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Hurricane Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Billy Locke officiating. Committal services will follow at Hurricane Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Flowers are being accepted.

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Arrangements and services are under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Hartford, Alabama.        


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July 23, 2018

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hurricane Creek Baptist Church
1163 Zorn Lane
Westville, FL 32464

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