Phin Free, of Florence SC passed away on Saturday March 18. Services will be held at Highland Park Methodist Church on Wednesday March 22 with visitation starting at 11:00 AM followed by the service at 12:00 noon. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Florence National Cemetery with Military Honors. Cain Calcutt Funeral Home is honored to serve the Free family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s association.
Phin was born in Norway, S.C on April 4, 1933. He is survived by his wife of 70 years Mary Davis Free. Phin and Mary are long time members of Highland Park United Methodist Church. He is also survived by his children Barry Free and his wife Lisa, of Florence, Larry Free and his wife Terry of Mt. Pleasant, Jimmy Free and his wife Linda of Florence. He is predeceased by his daughter Yvonne Field. Phin has 7 grandchildren, Kent Field (predeceased), Mary Alice Dewitt (Jonathan) of Florence, Alan Free of Florence, Michael Free of Florence, Daniel Free of Columbia, Sally Tackett (Ben) of Columbia and Mary Lee Coultrap (Hunter) of Fleetwood, N.C. Phin was also blessed with 7 great grandchildren.
Phin graduated from Norway High School in 1951 where he was a three-sport athlete. After graduating he joined the Liberty Life Insurance company. He proudly served his country in the SC Army National Guard, in The United States Army and in The US Army Reserve. After completing his military service Phin attended the University of South Carolina, graduating in 1959 with a degree in Business Administration. Phin spent his professional life in the cash register and point of sale business where he spent 20 years with The National Cash Register Company where he was a multiple CPC award winner. During his career he assisted in the opening of many of the very first Myrtle Beach hotels and restaurants. He loved the profession of sales as it afforded him the opportunity to help others.
Phin will be remembered as a kindhearted man who loved his family. He got great joy in brightening anyone’s day with his favorite jokes. He loved his Carolina Gamecocks and, yes, Phin, we will have a good team this year.
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