Philippe Redwine | Obituaries | Norman transcription
Philip W. Redwine
March 21, 1942 –
October 17, 2021
Philip Warren Redwine was born to Adolphus Carrol (AC) and Iva Clarice (Berryhill) Redwine in Dewey, Oklahoma on March 21, 1942. He died in Oklahoma City after a long illness on October 17, 2021.
After Phil’s birth, the family moved to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, where AC worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company until his death. Phil had an ordinary childhood in a small town in Oklahoma, centered around the early Christian church, schools and sports of Pawhuska. In high school, he played football, baseball and basketball. He graduated from Pawhuska HS in May 1960.
After graduating from high school, Phil attended Philips University, then transferred to Oklahoma State University. While at OSU, he was initiated into the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and remained a fan of OSU throughout his life. Phil met Sarah Ann Redwine at OSU because they had the same last name. They became good friends and started dating after two years. They became engaged in the fall of 1963 and were married on June 6, 1964 in Spiro, Oklahoma, at the First Baptist Church. They celebrated the 57th anniversary of a wonderful marriage this year. Phil graduated from Northeastern State University in May 1965 and enrolled in the University of Oklahoma Law School that fall. He graduated from OU Law School in the spring of 1968. While studying law, he was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Society. He worked in the law library and other part-time jobs. He was part of the ROTC, was appointed Distinguished Military Student and Graduate, and was appointed Captain in the United States Army.
Upon admission to the Judge Advocate General Corps in September 1968, he enrolled in the JAG School at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Phil and Sarah’s first son, Philip, Jr., was born on November 15, 1968 in Norman while Phil was attending JAG School. After Phil graduated from Jag School, he was assigned to Fort. Ritchie, MD, as assistant to the JAG officer and Sarah and Philip, Jr. joined him in January 1969. Within a year he became the JAG officer. The Redwines were very involved in postal activities and enjoyed visiting Washington, DC and other historic sites that were nearby. In the fall of 1970, he was transferred to Pine Bluff Dockyard, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, as a JAG officer where he served for two years. Upon completion of his military service, he received the Army Meritorious Service Medal from the Judge Advocate General Corps. While at Pine Bluff Arsenal, their second son, Frederick, was born on September 18, 1971. After four years in the military, Phil and Sarah were happy to return to Norman with their family and he went to work as a lawyer. for Tom Lucas. He began his own law practice in April 1973. A third son, Ryan Allan, was born July 3, 1977 in Norman.
Phil got involved in many activities. He was a member of the Norman Rotary Club and Paul Harris Fellow. He was director of the Norman Chamber of Commerce and wrote the organizational document for the Sooner Theater. He was also involved in the Mr. Red Hot Stockings Follies for the Norman Hospital Foundation, served as president of the Norman Athletic Association and raised funds to build the indoor baseball facility at Norman High School. He also raised funds to expand the Fire House art barracks. He worked with Sarah on numerous Norman public school projects and fundraisers over the years while their children attended Norman schools. He coached many baseball teams for his three boys as they grew up. He loved sports and being with his sons in their teams. He was also very active in the Boy Scouts and all the other activities that the boys were involved in. He also enjoyed fishing and playing golf with his children and grandchildren.
His general law practice focused on corporate law, estate planning and civil litigation. He enjoyed helping others, solving problems and often maintained his services to those in need. He worked on cases concerning the entry of Walmart into Norman as well as a case involving the extension of the dairy which required the closure of Symmes Street. Another remarkable case that Phil worked on resulted in the creation of the current Sarkey Foundation.
As a lawyer, Phil was selected as a supernumerary judge of the Supreme Court to help reduce the backlog of Supreme Court cases. Gov. David L. Boren appointed Phil Supernumerary Insurance Commissioner when the current Insurance Commissioner refused his office to honor a request from a foreign insurance company for a license from Oklahoma. In 2018, he received recognition from the Oklahoma Bar Association for over 50 years of membership. His professional memberships include the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Cleveland County Bar Association, the United States Military Court of Appeals, the Oklahoma State Supreme Court, and the United States Tax Court. United.
Phil was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1987 and battled the disease for over 30 years. He has often been called upon by the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society to speak at their meetings to encourage others in their fight against cancer.
Phil and Sarah have been members of the First Baptist Church since 1973. He has held a variety of positions over the years, including providing legal advice as part of his church service. He served on the Family Life Center building committee and worked with Sarah on many church projects and activities. His Christian faith was very important to him, and he lived it daily in his activities and interactions with others.
He is survived by the best partner and wife a man can have (his words), Sarah Ann Redwine, of the house. They saw each other as a team. Survivors include her children, Philip, Jr. (Dedra), Frederick (Justin) and Ryan (Stacy) as well as ten grandchildren, Hayley Suzanne Goodspeed (Lucas), Brooke Elizabeth Redwine, Philip Warren Redwine III (Trace), Brysan Allan Redwine, Tillman Beau Redwine, Holdan Troy Redwine, LeAnna Faith Redwine, Warran Terry Redwine, Daxan Lee Redwine and Laytan Reece Redwine. Phil loved and appreciated his children and grandchildren and spent many happy times with them. He was proud of them and thought each one was very special. He encouraged them in all their efforts and activities. He wanted them to be good citizens, people of faith and always try to do their best. He was as special to each of them as they were to him. They called him “Papy” or “Papa”.
He is also survived by his siblings, Carroll Redwine (Shirley) of Ardmore, OK, Jane Bartlett (Bruce, deceased) of Kansas City, MO, Judge James M. Redwine (Peg) of Barnsdall, OK and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, AC and Clarice Redwine, and the parents of Sarah, RL and Vermelle Redwine.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, October 22, 2021, at First Baptist Church, 2ll W. Comanche, with Dr. Ryan Redwine and Dr. Wade Smith officiating. Honorary bearers will be Phil’s grandchildren and the Primetimers Life Group class of which Phil has been a member for 48 years. The family will receive friends at Hallock Hall immediately after the service.
Memorial donations can be made to The Baptist Homes for Children (head office), 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112; Donations: 405-942-3800, ext. 4688. Online condolences can be made at www.tribute.care. The service will be broadcast live by First Baptist Church of Norman.
Published on 20 October 2021