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Mr. Philip John Flater III, age 80, of Bonifay, Florida passed away December 20, 2023, at the Fort Walton-Destin Hospital in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  Phil was born December 13, 1943, in New Brunswick, New Jersey to the late Philip John Flater Jr. and Margaret Ferrell Flater. In addition to his parents, Phil was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Erin Nicole Flater.

Mr. Flater was a career teacher, coach, and school administrator. He spent 37 years in education with 34 years in Washington County schools as a physical education teacher, math teacher, women's basketball coach, women's softball coach, computer teacher, high school principal, and middle school principal.

Mr. Flater is survived by his wife Janice of Bonifay, FL; two daughters, Christina Lee Williamson of Vernon, TX and Candice Lynn Flater of Chipley, FL; one son, Philip John Flater IV of Niceville, FL; five grandchildren, Jacob Williamson and Shawn Williamson of Vernon, TX, Jordan Flater, Ian Flater, and Hannah Flater of Niceville, FL; one sibling, Margaret "Peg" Mayo of Thornton, CO; one daughter-in-law, Jill Flater of Niceville, FL; two sons-in-law, Jeff Wiliamson of Vernon, TX and James Munn of Chipley, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00am CT on January 5, 2024, at Bonifay First United Methodist Church. In memory of Phil, memorial donations may be given to The Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601 or online at


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