Philip Joseph Mascari, age 80, resident of Oakland, Tennessee and husband of Ann Rhea Mascari, departed this life Friday evening, June 16, 2023 at Methodist LeBonheur Germantown Hospital.
Phil Mascari loved horses and became a farrier at 18 years old. He started in 1962 learning the trade from Bob Sherell and Shorty Robert's shoeing gated horses. Later, Phil moved into shoeing Hunter Jumper horses. He was the Official for Germantown Charity Horse Show and Gulfport Winter Circuit. He also was an Official for Browland Horse Shows in Franklin, Tennessee. Following in his footsteps was his grandson, Glen Henley, who was 14 when he began working with Phil picking up the trade. Phil often said that his grandson was going to be better than he ever was. In Phil's career, he managed to attain three national champion titles as well as being involved with competing horse at Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. Phil always believed in being totally professional in his career. He retired at the age of 74 after 50 years in his career that he loved. He also loved gardening and mowing the lawn, as well as working with wood in his workshop.
Mr. Mascari is survived by his wife, Ann Rhea Mascari; four children, Debra Hurst, Richard "Bubba" Garcia, Raelynn Garcia Houston and Stephanie Mascari Traxler; eight grandchildren, Glenn Henley, Cori Henley, Jordan Harper, Madison Coombs, Gabriella Coombs, Ryan Garcia, Derrick Rose and Rachel Brake; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services for Mr. Mascari were held at 12 noon Thursday, June 22, 2023 at the Peebles Main Funeral Chapel with Pastor Fredrick Moore, pastor of Higher Nation Christian Church, officiating. Interment followed in the Somerville City Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers were Jason Kimery, Tim Snow, Scotty Turner, Brandon Harper, Russell Hurst and Ryan Garcia. Honorary pallbearers were Kerry Kimery, Ed Rhea and Ken Houston.