CRESAPTOWN — Philip R. Lucas Jr., 88, of Cresaptown/ Bowling Green, died on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Western Maryland Health System of a short term illness.
He was born on Aug. 1, 1924, the first son of Philip R. Lucas Sr. and Samantha Areford Lucas in Morgantown, W.Va.
At the age of seven, his family moved to Cumberland, for his father to take a position at the Fort Cumberland Hotel and his mother to become a special education teacher at Penn Avenue Elementary School. He attended Mount Royal Elementary School and graduated from Allegany High School where he ran track and played football and basketball. In other words, he was a “jock.” Immediately upon graduating, he was drafted into the Army during World War II and served on a supply ship in the Philippines and New Guinea. When he returned from the South Pacific, he worked at “The Kelly” as a tire builder prior to attending The University of Maryland where he majored in agriculture. At Maryland he set a school record in intramural track and played on the “Cumberland Comets” championship football team. He returned to Cumberland to work with his father at Lucas Service Center in Cresaptown where he served the community for 45 years. He took great pride in providing “full service” to every car and giving all of the kids free pretzel sticks. Following the closure of Lucas Service Center, he worked at the Amoco Stations in the narrows and at Wineow Street. His final professional job was as a greeter for Walmart, but his last true job was being the primary care giver for the love of his life, “Brownie.” He was a member of the Elks Lodge, bowled for many years in various leagues at The Bowler and White Oaks and was a long standing member of Centre Street United Methodist Church where he belonged to the Methodist Men and always attended Sunday School and church. When he had to retire from ten pin bowling, he switched to Wii Bowling and became a champion with over 100 perfect games and the highest attainable skill level. He was even featured in an article in the Cumberland Times-News on March 14, 2013. All of the employees knew him well at McDonald’s in Bel Air where he was a daily visitor and at Chick-fil-A in the mall where he was also a frequent visitor. The employees at the Photo Shop at Walmart and Steve’s Pharmacy also helped him with the preparation and display of his Wii bowling conquests. He also enjoyed playing bridge and completed a course at ACC.
Phil and Brownie were introduced by his brother Bob Lucas in 1947. Mary Louise Brown, “Brownie” was a Registered Nurse at Memorial Hospital when they met and courted for four years. They were married on March 10, 1951 at Centre Street United Methodist Church. Mary Louise, “Brownie” passed away in 2009 but Phil remained in their Bowling Green home of 60 years until he passed away.
He is survived by his two daughters, Christy Wright and Vicki Lucas. Christy is the Director of Marketing and Ministry for the Christian Renewal Retreat Center (CRC) in Dickinson, Texas. She is married to Deacon Jim Wright who is the Executive Director at the CRC. They have two daughters, Jamela Rodriguez and Heidi Lynch. Jamela is married to Javier Rodriguez and they have three children, Joshua age 14, Jacob age 11 and Jordan age 9. Heidi is married to Fausto Lynch and they have three children, Brianna age 12, Christian age 7 and Isabel age 5. They all reside in Houston, Texas.
Vicki has a Ph.D. in nursing and health care finance from The University of Texas and is the President of Vicki Lucas, LLC, a healthcare consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and business development in Women’s and Children’s Services. Her clients include top academic medical centers and hospitals throughout the U.S. and abroad. She is married to David Rabinowitz an executive with TMI, Inc. in Washington, D.C. They reside in Baltimore. Vicki has two daughters from a previous marriage, Chelsea and Bridget Kajs. Chelsea graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Business in 2012 and is a Marketing and Operations Specialist at Spirit Health Group in Boca Raton, Fla. Bridget is a junior neurobiology major at The University of Texas at Austin where she was recently named as a Distinguished Scholar in the School of Natural Science. She spends her summers working in research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is currently in Costa Rica performing research in the rain forest.
In addition to the immediate family, Phil is survived by his brother, Robert Lucas of El Paso, Texas, his two sons, Mark Lucas of El Paso, and Grant Lucas of San Antonio, Texas and his grandson, Robert Philip Lucas of San Antonio. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, William Brown of Keyser, W.Va. and his three sons, Denny Brown of New Creek, W.Va., Jeff Brown of Hagerstown, and Mitch Brown of Westernport.
Friends and family will be received at Scarpelli's Funeral Home, P.A., Cresaptown (www. scarpellifh.com) on Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 5 to 9 p.m.
The funeral will be officiated by Pastor Ann Atkins at Centre Street United Methodist Church on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.
A grave side service will take place at Sunset Memorial immediately following the funeral.
The pallbearers will be David Rabinowitz, Jim Wright, Javier Rodriguez, Fausto Lynch, Mitch Brown and Denny Brown. The honorary pallbearer will be Pamela Beals.
Phil loved this poem by Helen Steiner Rice entitled, “When I Must Leave You”
“When I must leave you
for a little while,
Please do not grieve
And shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow
to you through the years
But start out bravely
With a gallant smile;
And for my sake and in my name
Live on and do all things the same,
Feed not your loneliness
On empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand
In comfort and cheer
And I in turn will comfort you
And hold you near
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting
For you in the sky!”