Solomon Crooms Phifer, Sr.

July 12, 1931 - August 9, 2017

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, August 17 at The Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, 304 Spring St. Ossining, from 10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm.
The Home-Going Service will be held from 3-5 pm. There will be a repast following the service.
The interment will take place Friday August 18, at 11:00 am at the Calverton National Cemetery, 210 Princeton Bld., Calverton, LI, NY 11933.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc. in Ossining.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Spirit Church, 164 Spring St., Ossining, NY 10562

Solomon Crooms Phifer, Sr.
July 12, 1931 - August 9, 2017
Solomon Crooms Phifer, Sr. of Ossining, New York passed away on August 9, 2017 at 2:05am. He was 86 years old. Solomon was born on July 12, 1931 to his parents Mary Jane Crooms and William Phifer of New Bern, North Carolina.
He was educated in New Bern and was the class president and captain of the football team. Solomon graduated in June 1950 as the valedictorian of West Side High School. In 1951, he was drafted into the United States Marine Corps where he went through basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. He served as a coder and decoder in the Korean War. There Solomon had a near death experience when the button on his coat was caught on a grenade. The grenade never went off and this event became a part of his testimony about how God saved his life. In 1953, he completed his active duty as a sergeant and received the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Medal. After honorably serving his country, Solomon started college at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He later transferred to Howard University in Washington, D.C. He graduated in June of 1958, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Solomon preached his trial sermon on December 17, 1958 at his home church, the Star of Zion Baptist Church in New Bern, North Carolina. In 1961, he graduated from Howard University School of Religion with a Bachelor of Divinity degree that would later be recognized as a Master’s Degree. While finishing Divinity school, he served as the Junior Church Pastor at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. On October 14, 1961, he became an ordained Baptist minister by a Council of Baptist Churches of the Baptist Minister’s Association.
On November 12, 1962, Rev. Phifer married Elizabeth Louise Tracy of Lake Lynn, Pennsylvania at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. He was then called to Seattle, Washington where he pastored the Washington Park Baptist Church. He also worked for the U.S. Civil Service Commission. Pastor Phifer was later called to Omaha, Nebraska where he pastored two churches- the Wesley United Methodist Church and Ames United Methodist Church. In 1972, Rev. Phifer was called to Mount Vernon, New York where he pastored Asbury United Methodist Church. In 1974, Rev. Phifer moved his family to Ossining, New York where he pastored St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church.
Then in 1978, Rev. Phifer founded Faith New Testament Fellowship Church with his family and faithful supporters. He exercised his spiritual gifts in healing and the gift of the word of knowledge as a regular part of the service. God continued to bless the congregation and the name was later changed to Holy Spirit Church. Rev. Phifer was recognized as the spiritual adviser to many people in the Christian community. He was the Prophet who answered the question, “Is there any word from the Lord?” (Jeremiah 37:17, KJV). In addition, he authored two books, Just Can’t Keep it to Myself and How God Sees the World System. Although he retired from the pastorate when he became ill, he continued his life’s work ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ until the day he died.
Prophet Phifer is survived by his devoted wife, Elizabeth Tracy Phifer and their eight (8) loving children: Solomon Jr. (Gabrielle), Angela Phifer Ford, Christopher (Wanda), Lisa Phifer Silver, Mary, Lori (James) McDowell, Jr., Gabriel (Janet), and Elizabeth (Ernest) Thompson, III. Seventeen (17) grandchildren: Brittany Ford, Ashley Phifer, Solomon (Tatiana) Phifer, III, Paris Ford, Alexandria Phifer, Kqua’Sheen McDowell, Brandon Ford, Everett Silver, Jr., Aarin Phifer, Alexandra Phifer, James McDowell, III, Johnathan McDowell, Joseph McDowell, Christopher Phifer, II, Elise Thompson, Ernest Thompson, IV and Evan Thompson. Six (6) great-grandchildren: Parisia Hutchinson, Santos Garcia, Xavier Phifer-Bledsoe, Camille Phifer-Bledsoe, Kahari McDowell, and Ny’Air Burks. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, church family and friends. Prophet Phifer was predeceased by his parents, his twin brother Samuel, his sister Nettie Lane, and brother Henry Crooms.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, August 17 at The Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, 304 Spring St. Ossining, from 10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm.
The Home-Going Service will be held from 3-5 pm. There will be a repast following the service.
The interment will take place Friday August 18, at 11:00 am at the Calverton National Cemetery, 210 Princeton Bld., Calverton, LI, NY 11933.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc. in Ossining.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Spirit Church, 164 Spring St., Ossining, NY 10562

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