Andrew “Phil” Phillip Torres, Jr.

Published 3:40 pm Monday, April 13, 2015

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Columbus Presbyterian Church, 21 Peniel Road, Columbus, N.C.

Andrew Phillip Torres, Jr., 73, of Tryon, passed away in Hendersonville on April 3, 2015 at Margaret Pardee Hospital. He fought a courageous battle and never lost faith.

Phil was born on June 10, 1941 in Tampa, Fla. to the late Andrew Phillip Torres, Sr. and Marjorie “Margie” Marshall. He graduated from Florida State University and worked many years for Eastern Airlines in Miami. He moved back to Tampa in 1976 with his life-partner, Joseph A. Sellati, who predeceased him.

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While in Tampa, Phil was an elementary school educator and co-owned and operated the gourmet restaurant, “The Courtyard.” He retired early to care for Joe and they decided to make Tryon their final home. After Joe’s passing, Phil began working with Davidson Homes as a mentor. He often mentioned how much he appreciated the opportunity and enjoyed the clients with whom he worked. Phil volunteered with “Meals on Wheels” and the Humane Society.

He is survived by his cousin, Marlena Mae Lippe and family members Leanna Nichols (Kenneth), Madeline Moore (Thomas) and Kristopher Nichols, Esq. Phil leaves behind many loving friends in Florida, North Carolina and across the country. He will be remembered as a man of distinction with a very big heart and beautiful smile, and will be greatly missed by those who were lucky enough to know and love him.

Cremation services were handled by Petty Funeral Home, Landrum, S.C. In memory of Phil, donations may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, Columbus, N.C. Condolences may be left at

Petty Funeral Home & Crematory
Landrum, S.C.