Allen Sturgill Phifer, 78, of Cleveland, N.C., died Monday, May 31, 2021, at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, N.C.

Born in Iredell County, April 22, 1943, he was the son of the late Allen Knox Phifer and Ethel Sturgill Phifer.

Allen was a retired Maintenance Mechanic for International Paper Company of Statesville. He enjoyed wood working, NASCAR racing and football.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Marlow Phifer; son Kevin Phifer and wife Aude, granddaughter, Emma Phifer; and daughter, Hillary Phifer Walser and husband Kris.

Allen was a life -long member of Third Creek Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder, Sunday School Superintendent and other positions of service throughout the years.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021, in the Third Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Pastor Jerry L. Blankenship officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625 or Third Creek Presbyterian Church, 2055 Third Creek Road, Cleveland, NC 27013. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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