Philip H. Alvers was born in Pomona Park, FL on July 24, 1931, the son of Ben and Natha Alvers. A descendant of Florida pioneer William Cone Alvarez-Alvers, his great-grandfather, who was born in Florida before statehood and served as a Putnam County commissioner during the period in which the county courthouse and the St. Johns River bridge were built.
He attended Crescent City High School where he was very active in sports and a member of Beta Club. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his Master of Education from the University of Florida.
During his career in education, he was the teaching principal at the 2-teacher San Mateo School, then principal at Silver Lake Elementary School, now Kelley Smith Elementary School. He was principal at Moseley Elementary School for many years before moving to Jenkins Middle School where he ended his career. During his career, he worked with various committees on both the state and local levels and served as president of the Putnam County Education Association and the Putnam County Principal’s Association.
He and his wife, Nancy, had two children. Their daughter, Carol Golden, was music teacher at Moseley Elementary for many years before retiring. Their son, Philip Jr., is a financial consultant in Douglasville, GA.
Active in community affairs, he served as president and member of the Azalea City Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Palatka Men’s Golf Association. He was president of the Greater Palatka Beautification Council, and with Dr. Fred Griffin, he spearheaded the Waterfront project. A member of the Putnam County Hunters Association, he received many civic awards and recommendations from organizations such as the Elks Club. He served for many years as cook for barbecues for the Kiwanis Club and Browning Pearce Community School. He was also on the Crescent City High School Reunion Planning Committee for many years.
After his retirement, he wrote a historical fiction novel, The Other Side of the River, now available on Kindle. His book is now being published by C.E. Painter Publishing Company in DeLeon Springs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Natha Alvers, his brothers Earl Dewitt and Bennie Alvers, Jr. and his sister, Eva Middleton.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy, daughter, Carol Golden, son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Kathy Dancy Alvers, five grandchildren, Chris Golden, Elena Johns, Alexis Golden, Amanda Young and Davis Alvers. He has 13 great-grandchildren, Caitlyn Golden, Pacey, Amelia and Dylan Golden, Blythe, Drew and Meredith Johns, Tyler and Emily Vergara, Audra and Eve Alvers and Bryce and Adeline Young. Other family members include his sister, Rosemary Combs, and cousins, Irene Hundley, Joyce Clegg, members of the Jack and Earl Alvers families along with numerous nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Pomona Park, 12 Holly Ave, Pomona Park, FL 32181, for their Garden of Prayer or to Hospice of Citrus and Nature Cove, P O Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.
Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Rev. Gary Munson officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until time of services.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Philip’s Book of Memories page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com .
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.