Richard Allison “Al” Phinney

December 19, 1954 - January 12, 2024
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First Presbyterian Church
200 W Washington St.
Greenville, SC 29601
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Thursday 1/18, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
200 W Washington St.
Greenville, SC 29601
864-235-0496 | Map
Thursday 1/18, 1:00 pm

Richard Allison Phinney of Greenville, South Carolina died peacefully at age 69, on January 12, 2024. Born December 19, 1954, in Laurens, South Carolina, he was a son of the late George Leon Phinney and Rae Rhoden Phinney. Al was graduated from Presbyterian College, University of South Carolina School of Law, and The George WashingtonContinue Reading

Fred Colangelo left a message on April 23, 2024:
My dear friend Al, I will surely miss you.
Skip Spooner left a message on January 29, 2024:
I was so sorry to recently learn of Al's passing. He was a friend and an outstanding lawyer. A few years back, I sued in federal court one of Al's corporate clients. Al did an outstanding job resulting in a verdict for the defendant, my client received no compensation. A few months later, Al delivered to my law office a bottle of my favorite whiskey. I think he had misgivings about the verdict as did I. Since then we have spoken several times and I have referred cases to Al. The Ogletree Firm and the SC Bar has taken a heavy hit. Sincerely, Skip Spooner
Sheri Serrano for Orlene Pickett💖 left a message on January 27, 2024:
R I P sweet Al….
Jane and Paul Hendrick left a message on January 24, 2024:
Clare, Jane and I were both shocked and saddened to learn of Al’s passing. That is just not fair! Even though we got to see you all only once a year for a few days it was a wonderful relationship that we continue to cherish. Thank you so much for letting us know. We are out of town celebrating my retirement on January 1, 2024 after 51 years practicing law. A heartfelt loss that you have experienced and we share with you. We have Only the best memories of a man who always smiled and carried with him a natural glow. However his greatest achievement in our estimation was meeting you marrying you and living his life with you. I will say it for him I know that made life special for him. Our best to you and your daughter and we are here for you if you need us for anything in the future
John Glancy left a message on January 22, 2024:
I worked with Al for many, many years at Ogletree, and our offices were right next to each other for several of those years. I was lucky to share Al's joy and laughter on an almost daily basis, as we would always stop in each other's office to say hello and catch up. Al also had a deep intellect and was an exceptional attorney, and I was fortunate to have known and worked with him. I am sorry for your and your family's loss, Clare, and am thinking about you during this difficult time.
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Gwen Austin left a message on January 18, 2024:
Clare and Kate, I just found out about Al. Our prayers are with you and your family. It’s been a long time, but we have fond memories from when we both lived on Mt.Vista. Many prayers for y’all, and all the friends who will miss Al.
Pat Paschal left a message on January 18, 2024:
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Glenn Goodwin left a message on January 18, 2024:
I've waited this long to send my condolences because it's just hard to put into words what a great person Al was and what his friendship has meant to me over the years. To put it simply, Al was "one of the good guys." He didn't just smile, he laughed (just look at his photos). I'm sure he had his moments (don't we all), but I can't remember Al ever saying a cross word about anyone . . . ever. He was smart, witty, compassionate, helpful and, by all accounts, a terrific husband, father and friend. Cynthia and I were lucky enough to see Al briefly after church on our last trip to Greenville this past fall. I'll file that memory away with all the others from years of working and "sharing life" with Al. I look forward to seeing him again one day. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to Clare, Kate and others who are hurting at this time.
Ellen Wasson left a message on January 17, 2024:
Al was a true southern gentleman. I had the privilege of being his dental hygienist for many years. I always enjoyed seeing and talking with him. Clare and Kate, my heart goes out to you. May God be with you through this difficult time. Sending love and prayers!
Melissa Bishop left a message on January 17, 2024:
Mr. Phinney was a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face, and I am thankful for working with him years ago. He made the world a kinder place.
Hugh Wright left a message on January 17, 2024:
Rest in peace Al. You will be sorely missed.
Joanne Schunatz left a message on January 16, 2024:
Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time
Meri McCrackin DuPre left a message on January 16, 2024:
Margaret, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy. You & your family are in my prayers. Meri
Dan Kay left a message on January 16, 2024:
In memory of Richard Allison “Al” Phinney, Dan Kay lit a candle
Carlton Lewis left a message on January 16, 2024:
Al was such a Great Person. He was a Wonderful Husband to Clare and a Wonderful Father to Kate. I loved talking Sports with Al, and we loved traveling to Spartanburg in December to watch the annual Shrine Bowl Game together. I will miss my Friend Al very much, and I know he has reunited with his Parents in Heaven with our Lord and Savior. Carlton
Anonymous left a message on January 16, 2024:
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Billy Hudgens left a message on January 16, 2024:
Growing up in Laurens, the Phinney clan and Hudgens clan were very closely intertwined. I’m very sorry to learn of Al’s passing. Billy Hudgens
Chuck & Nancy Sekinger left a message on January 16, 2024:
Al was a great labor attorney but even a better friend. Al and I have been working together for over 20 years, and in that time we traveled all over the country resolving labor issues and going to baseball games. I will miss him greatly for his intellect, his laugh, his love for his family, and being a great friend. Rest in peace my buddy, and I will take your memory with me to every game I go to. Deepest sympathies to Clare, and Kate and the extended Phinney family.
Charles F Castner left a message on January 16, 2024:
So sorry to hear of Al's passing. Al was not only my mentor in my early years as an attorney at Ogletree Deakins, but a true friend throughout the years, even after I left the firm. His humor and intelligence were both top notch. My thoughts and prayers are with Clare, Kate and his entire family!
Stephanie Satterfield left a message on January 16, 2024:
Clare, We are so sorry for your loss. Al was a great friend and mentor and role model. We will miss him and keep you in our prayers. Love, Stephanie
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Jerry Broome left a message on January 16, 2024:
The photo of Al on the Thomas McAfee website says it all for me, A big smile, kind words, and loyal friendship are are what you consistently received from Al Phinney. Heartfelt condolences to Clare and the family. The good Lord will certainly enjoy Al's company in heaven.
Martha Gentry left a message on January 16, 2024:
He was a "joy" to sit near at church with his beautiful smile and awesome personality. He last shared what a wonderful Christmas he had with his family in New York visiting Kate. He will be so missed.
Edward Holtzendorff left a message on January 16, 2024:
So sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He was a great friend of mine in high school and college. So many good memories playing football, basketball, and weightlifting in High School. Loved our church BB team at 1st Pres in Laurens. More than anything loved his wit. Praying for comfort and peace to Clare, Margaret, and Larry. I can’t wait to join you old friend
Mandy Turner left a message on January 15, 2024:
In memory of Richard Allison “Al” Phinney, Mandy Turner lit a candle
Melissa Smith and Phil Smith left a message on January 15, 2024:
We send love to you, Clare, and Kate,with fond memories of our family times together. We are so saddened for the loss of Al. He was such a kind,special,loving man.
Betty Robinson left a message on January 15, 2024:
I had the privilege of working with the same law firm as Al. He was such a fine individual and he truly loved his family. He surely will be missed by all.
Laura Outz Dennie left a message on January 15, 2024:
Sending my deepest condolences, love and prayers to Claire, Kate, Larry and Margaret. We’re never prepared for the passing of our beloved husband, father and brother. Keeping you close in thought In the days to come. Laura Outz Dennie
William Floyd left a message on January 15, 2024:
Clare, Kate, and family: Please accept our condolences. Al was a great person, attorney, mentor, and friend. He will be missed. Respectfully, William and Ellen Floyd
Wally Culp left a message on January 15, 2024:
I always enjoyed going to Gamecock football games with Al and talking sports.
Chris Anderson left a message on January 15, 2024:
I fondly remember Al as a colleague at Ogletree who I looked up to and who always encouraged me in my career and took an interest in me personally. That means so much to an attorney just beginning his career. Thank you, Al. I appreciate you - as do so many others. I would love to have known more about your wife and family. Many blessings to Al's family and close friends as you walk this road without him with you in body. May you take comfort in the hope that you will see him again! Many blessings, Chris Anderson
Sydney Erwin Pool left a message on January 15, 2024:
Al. A gentle giant who loved his girls with his whole heart. I’ll never forget you letting Kate and I watch Glitter or Save the Last Dance wayyyy too young and just shrugging your shoulders when questioned by other adults 😂. I hope you get all the chips… ahoy in Heaven big guy. Thank you for teaching us comedic timing and for all the love and jokes and sports stats we didn’t get. You are so loved. I promise I’ll sneak some beers on my daughter’s Girl Scout trip for you and always hug your girls tight for you. Xoxo Al.
Tucker M Maloney left a message on January 15, 2024:
Al's enthusiasm and terrific sense of humor will be missed by all of us that had the pleasure to know him. A man of many talents, not many people are aware that one of them was that of basketball recruiter in the pre-transfer portal era. After missing the sign-up period for his home base 1'st Pres Team, Al joined the CCE newly resurrected Adult Men's Basketball team for the 2005-2006 campaign as an invited walk-on. After the team experienced a rocky start, he refused to stand idly by, and seized upon the opportunity to recommend and make key mid-season acquisitions to help replenish a depleted roster due season ending injuries to multiple players. Through shrewd scouting and networking, Al identified and recruited critical free agent candidates (i.e. former Collegiate Players) to "augment" the team's lineup. His vision and outstanding player/personnel management skills were instrumental in propelling the CCE squad from last place to dark-horse contenders by regular season's end, culminating with an inspired 2006 Tournament Championship run. No one on the CCE squad enjoyed the comradery, fellowship, laughter, and ultimately team success more than the pride of Laurens, SC, #54 Al Phinney, for which the rest of us will always have great memories. God Bless the Soul of Al Phinney, and may Clare and Kate find peace and comfort knowing how much he loved you both, and that there are countless friends out there who share similar remembrances, will miss him greatly, and are here to help you in any way that we can.
Kellie Brown left a message on January 15, 2024:
This candle is to honor the light he carried within him and shared with us.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes left a message:
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