Charles Joseph Phifer, 87, of Creston, was born Sept. 6, 1932 in McMinnville, Tenn. Charlie is survived by his loving wife, Bev, and his daughters, Shannon Deck and Cari Henry.

Charlie graduated from Vanderbilt University as a Civil Engineer, worked in the field for seven years, leaving to get his medical degree to become a radiologist from Vanderbilt.

He then went to California for his residency at UCLA and started practicing medicine in the San Fernando Valley. He retired after 33 years of medical practice and moved to Creston, Calif., in 1992, where he and his wife built their dream home on Phifer Ranch and Vineyard.

Charlie was a veteran, serving in the Army 1st Cavalry division in the late 50s.

Charlie always lived life to the fullest and had an incredible resume of life experiences. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend — a true patriot and a Country Gentleman. 

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.