Phillip Van Patten, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, departed this world on January 21, 2024. His passing leaves a void in our hearts that will never be filled. Born on November 9, 1959, in Spartanburg, SC, Phillip's life was filled with adventure and joy.
Phillip had a deep love for the open road and found immense happiness in his career as a truck driver. He would often regale us with tales of the places he visited and the sights he saw during his journeys. Truck driving wasn't just a job for Phillip; it was his passion. The freedom of the road brought him solace and allowed his spirit to roam free.
Described as a fun-loving person by all who knew him, Phillip had an infectious zest for life. He approached each day with an open heart and an unwavering enthusiasm that brightened the lives of those around him. His charming personality made him the life of every gathering, leaving friends and family laughing in his wake.
In his spare time, Phillip indulged himself in two of his greatest passions: hot rods and guns. He found great satisfaction in Hot Rod cars. Whether it was the purr of an engine or the precision of a well-crafted firearm, Phillip found solace in these hobbies that allowed him to unwind and appreciate the beauty of muscle cars.
Music was always intertwined with Phillip's life. Whether he was on the road or at home surrounded by loved ones, there was always a melody playing in the background. After all, music has always had a unique ability to bring people together, especially when it came to Black Oak Arkansas.
It was not only his love for music, but the unbreakable bond he shared with his wonderful wife Rita Ann Van Patten, who preceded him in death.
He also leaves behind his sons, Brian (Mandy) Lane and Steven (Andrea) Lane, who carry his legacy forward with pride honor. Phillip's sisters, Teresa Woodson, Renee Cynthia (Dennis) Pruitt, and Tonya Van Patten, find solace in the memories shared with their beloved brother. His grandsons, Austin (Kimberly) Lane, Preston (Cynthia) Lane, and Tyler (Madeline) Lane, carry on his spirit of adventure and love. Additionally, his granddaughters, Taylor Brown and Brittney Lane hold dear the moments spent with their adored grandfather.
Phillip's loving nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews also mourn his passing but find solace in the memories they created together. His impact on each family member's life cannot be overstated - he was a pillar of strength for those he held dear.
Services for Phillip Van Patten will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 3:00 P.M. at Floyd's Mortuary Greenlawn Chapel 2075 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29307