Phillip Layman

Phillip Thornton Layman

Wednesday, May 4th, 1960 - Monday, May 18th, 2020
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Phillip Thornton Layman, 60, of Roanoke, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Phil was a Retiree from the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 10, where he worked for 40 years, following in his late father’s footsteps. He was a Northside High School 1978 graduate and attended Virginia Western Community College. He loved life and in his spare time would be found on his motorcycle with his wife, Donna.

Preceding him in death were his father, Harry T. Layman; and brother-in-law, William S. Shelton.

His surviving family includes his wife, Donna S. Layman; mother, Elma S. Layman; the one he called mother, Anna Harrison; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter E. and Ann T. Shelton; son, Drake Layman; stepchildren, Robert Blankenship, Ann Blankenship, and Kimberly Melton; sister, Valerie Layman Moses; and step-grandchildren, Lexie, William, Skylar, Carlie, Jossalyn, and Jonah.

He was adored by his children and grandchildren. Three of his cousins, David Layman, Mary Spencer, and Rebecca Layman Kelly are given extra thanks by Phillip’s wife, Donna, for never leaving his side and making sure his transition to heaven was an especially peacefully one. The unconditional love shown by these three was beautiful.

Per Phil’s wish, a Celebration of Life service in a Masonic Lodge is tentatively set for mid-June. Online condolences may be expressed at

Phillip, you are in heaven, finally at peace. No more searching for love that should have been given to you unconditionally. Rest easy, kick back, and be pain and worry free. You have earned your wings, now enjoy them!
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Chip Blankenship

Posted at 09:43pm
Donna,our condolences to you and the family.Phillip was a great guy,loved his family and riding his Harley.Remembering the awesome time brother we had in DC for the Vets in Rolling Thunder.I know you will miss riding, but you'll have different wings now.
You will be missed brother.
Chip and Sandra


Posted at 10:58pm
So sorry to hear of Phillip's passing. I had not been in touch with him since high school, but he and I "went together" in the 9th grade. That's what we called it back then instead of "dating." We went to the 9th grade prom together at Northside Jr. High and I remember his mom buying him a blue leisure suit to wear to the dance. They were the style back then and he looked really cute in it. Phillip always treated me well and used to play his guitar and sing Jim Croce songs to me over the phone. Obviously, our young romance did not continue, but I have really sweet memories of him. My heart goes out to his wife, mother, family and all those who loved him and I ask prayers for God's comfort to all who are feeling his loss.

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