Phillip Jackie Tackett, 76, passed peacefully Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at his Edgewater, FL home with his family by his side. A veteran of both Korean and Vietnam wars. He was awarded a Sharpshooter Badge (rifle), Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), Vietnam Service Medal with (1) Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal (10LC) and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
Phillip would have not wanted to be addressed as Sir. He would have stated “he worked for a living” and then would given his classic warm smiling grimace. In 1973, he was recommissioned as Sergeant and in 1975 recommissioned as Staff Sergeant until retiring in 1988. His specialties were Armament/Fire Control Maintenance Supervisor (10 years), Unit Supply Specialist and Tank Commander. After his Army career he spent his remaining time as an Armored Car Serviceman (Wells Fargo) and then Correctional Officer at the Volusia County Branch Jail, retiring from the county in 2004.
Phillip was preceded in death by his mother, Lottie J. Smith-Tackett; wife, Mary E. Tackett (Pfannkuchen); brothers, Sable Tackett and James Robert; sister, Dory L. Hicks.
Phillip is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Tackett; sister, Frieda J. Adkins; daughter, Kacie M. Tackett; son, Shawn Tackett; step-sons, Wayne Pfannkuchen, Kerry Rieber, Chris Schmahlenberger; grandchildren, Lydia S. Curtis, Scarlett M. Tackett; blood-brother, Dale “Brightmoon” Slade; brother-in-law, Hermann G. Behr; and a host of loving family and friends.
Phillip Tackett was an honorable serviceman as well as well-meaning, kind and loving father, husband, son, brother and friend. He had a heart of gold, dependable, and gifted with a great sense of humor. He loved to “loaf” with his family and friends and making them laugh with his witty remarks, classic half-smile grins and half-hit note singing.
He was loved by so many and will forever be loved and missed by all who knew him.
New Smyrna Beach