Philip Karl ‘Phil’ Stacy, 74, highly-decorated Army veteran

Philip Karl ‘Phil’ Stacy

BOILING SPRING LAKES — Philip Karl “Phil” Stacy, 74, passed away Friday, March 12, 2021, at his home. Phil was born July 25, 1946, in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Howard Stacy and Clara (Vandiver) Stacy.

Phil is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mary E. Pongonis of Boiling Spring Lakes; brothers, Howard Stacy (Linda) of Gainesville, Georgia, and John Braden (Kat) of Clayton, Georgia; children, Matthew T. Stacy of Windham, Maine, and Allison E. Buffum (Chris) of Manhattan, Kansas; stepchildren, Melissa T. Ostermann (Joey) and Sean G. Kelley; and four granddaughters, Olivia, Isabelle, Julianna and Cora.

Phil was a highly-decorated veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army National Guard from 1964 to 2006. He participated in several important operations and campaigns, including Desert Storm. During his military career, he was exposed to a multitude of health risks that included exposure to airborne toxins, which contributed to advanced breathing issues, and ultimately, cancer. Phil was a state of Maine Department of Transportation employee for 30 years, working in the Survey and Right of Way divisions.

He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Irvin Braden. Many thanks to the clinicians affiliated with Zimmer Cancer Center and Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, Wilmington, as well as Phil’s immediate family, friends and guard buddies.

Phil requested no official funeral services. The family plans to honor Phil by creating a celebration-of-life garden as his final resting place at his home in Boiling Spring Lakes.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends may donate to the living garden memorial via PayPal ( or various other resources. Please contact Mary directly with any specific questions/concerns.

Share online condolences with the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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