Waynesville, Philip Peter Bollinger, age 82, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Memorial Mission Hospital.
A native of Indiana, he was a son of the late Peter Bollinger, Irene Eley Bollinger and stepmother, Ruby Settle Bollinger; in addition to his parents he was preceded in death by six sisters; and five brothers. Philip had many nick names "Uncle Phil", "Mr. B." and "Papaw". Philip was a member of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church where he was active in the choir and handbells and enjoyed Mission Trips with the church. He was a talented woodworker and enjoyed making items for the church and many musical instruments. Philip loved sports, TarHeel basketball especially his Atlanta Braves, he took great pride in coaching his children, and was inducted into the Dixie Softball Hall of Fame. He enjoyed collecting old cameras. Philip had an infectious laugh and a sense of humor that will never be forgotten by many.
Philip is survived by his wife of 62 years, Norene Farlow Bollinger; two daughters, Joan Ross, and her husband, John, of Trinity, Florida and Claudia Efstathion, and her husband, Harrington, of Holiday, Florida; son, Gregory Bollinger, and his wife, Melissa, of Hudson, Florida; sister-in-law, Dorothy Amstutz, and her husband, Gene, of Berne, Indiana; three grandchildren, Gina, Shelby and Savanna; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Emma; and nine step-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2020 in the Waynesville chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Reverend Chris Westmoreland and Reverend Tim McConnell officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:30 until 12:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Due to Covid-19, all protocols and mandates are requested to be followed, including mask. The service will be live streamed and will be accessible through Philip’s obituary on Wells Funeral Home website to facilitate the ongoing focus on community safety and health.
In honor of Philip, the family has requested that friends and family wear their suspenders.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 459, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745.
The care of Mr. Bollinger has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes.
Long's Chapel United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 459, Lake Junaluska NC 28745