Mr. Phegley had served in the Army from 1945-1965 and moved to Dexter in 1973. He was in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts where he served as a special agent in the Counter Intelligence Corp. He had served in Austria, Germany and the United States. After leaving the Army, he was employed by the Silvey Insurance Company as an underwriter for 23 years. He was a member of the Westside Southern Baptist Church of Dexter and was also an ordained Southern Baptist minister. He was a member of the D.A.V. and the American Legion of Dexter.
On May 3, 1944, he was married to Mildred Effie Mills in Dexter.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred E. Phegley of Dexter; two sons, Richard Lee Phegley of Ashburn, Va., and Albert Andrew Phegley of Roby; two daughters, Linda Louise Hawkins of Albion, Ill., and Pamela Jane Wooley of Madisonville, Ky.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Dempsey Phegley of Fairview Heights, Ill.; and one sister, Lila Mae Dowdy of Dexter.
He was preceded in death by one great-grandson; three brothers; and four sisters.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2005, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2005, in the Watkins & Sons Funeral Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Earl Scott of Broken Arrow, Okla., officiating and the Rev. Mike Hawkins of Albion, Ill., assisting.
Interment will be in the Forest Hill Memorial Park Cemetery near Morley with full military honors conducted by the Stoddard County Veterans Honor Team. Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter is in charge of arrangements.