Phillip Deaver Jr.


Philip Fintan Deaver Jr., author and educator, died April 29, 2018, after a long illness.

Phil’s life will be celebrated in his hometown of Tuscola, on Saturday, May 19, with a visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, followed by a luncheon at Flesor’s Candy Kitchen. A memorial service was also held at Rollins College on May 8. He will be buried in a private service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Urban Think Foundation ( and its Deaver Memorial Fund, which will provide supplemental support for deserving creative writers, particularly those with ties to Central Florida or Central Illinois.

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