Philip Willie Leath, age 44, of Halifax passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, at his home.

Born on Aug. 18, 1975, he was the son of Doug and Georgia Hooven of Galax, who survive.

Philip grew up in Galax where he still enjoyed spending a lot of his time hunting and fishing. Philip was an avid hunter and fisherman. Philip had previously been employed with the Virginia State Police where he served his community for almost 20 years. He attended the South Boston Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his half-brother, Alan Hooven; his maternal grandparents, Haswell and Mary Leath; and paternal grandparents, William Emory and Fredith Price Hooven.

In addition to his parents, Philip is survived by his son, his pride and joy, Trevor Leath; and a stepdaughter Alex Hopkins; uncles Larry and Loretta Leath and Randy Leath; and several cousins. 

The funeral service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Vaughan-Guynn Chapel with Pastor Wayne Daniels officiating. Entombment will follow in the Monta Vista Mausoleum.

The family will receive friends Monday evening, Dec. 30, 2019, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home.

Flowers will be appreciated, or donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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