Phillip F. Trees, former owner of the AlyKat, passed into eternity on July 30, 2015. He was born on Aug. 17, 1937 in Springfield, Illinois to Wilbur and Margaret Trees, who were tragically killed in a car accident when he was very young. Phil was then raised by his grandparents.
On Nov. 24, 1965, in Potomac, Illinois, he married Margaret Ash. After graduation from the University of Illinois, Phil worked for All-Steel Equipment in Aurora, Illinois for five years. In 1971 he and Margaret moved to Wheaton, Illinois to own and manage a Dunkin Donut. They remained there with their two boys until 1977, when they moved to Hendersonville, NC to own and operate the Alykat Sandwich Shop. For the next 20 years they had the great experience of employing many wonderful people, many of whom were taking their very first job. After retiring from Alykat, Phil went on to work for Parts Unlimited and remained with them for five years.
Phil loved singing and spent many years singing in church choirs, the last being First Baptist of Hendersonville. He also performed in many plays down through the years, including ìFiddler on the Roof.î Phil served his country honorably in the Naval Reserve for over 10 years.
Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Margaret; sons, Phillip (Amy) and Paul (Meghan); grandchildren, Nathan, Brie, Elijah, Charis and Ronen; sister, Janet Elkins of Charleston and several nieces and nephews.
Phil was a family man first and foremost. He loved the Lord and loved to sing his praises. He was so very proud of his two sons and all of his grandchildren. Phil loved nothing better than spending time with all of them. He will be truly missed by his wife and children, but his laugh will never be forgotten by all who knew him.
There will be a celebration of life memorial service held at 2pm on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, NC. The Reverend Wally Shamburger will officiate. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. Burial has taken place privately with family in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimerís Association.