Philip “PJ” Whaley

07/08/1984 –


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  • Memorial Service
Date: 01/16/2022
Time: 2:00 pm
 – 3:00 pm
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

  • Funeral Reception
Date: 01/16/2022
Time: 3:00 pm
 – 4:00 pm
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424


The family of Philip “PJ” Whaley will celebrate his life of 37 years at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 16, 2022, followed by a reception at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.  He passed on Saturday, January 8, 2022.  We invite you to view the live-streamed service on this page, sign his virtual guestbook and download his memorial keepsake folder to your device for printing.  We also ask you to consider viewing his Life Tribute, a video of photographs throughout his life.

On July 8, 1984, Philip James was born in El Paso, Texas. Born as a military brat, Philip spent his young life moving around frequently. He assumed the role of big brother perfectly and made sure his younger siblings were taken care of. Philip participated in numerous activities during his younger years, including baseball, soccer, martial arts, gymnastics, and piano. After graduating from high school at Eisenhower High School in Lawton, OK at the top of his class, Philip attended Valparaiso University. In 2005, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in both Computer Science and Mathematics and continued to live in Valparaiso, IN. After a few years, Philip moved to Lubbock, TX to be closer with his family. He eventually got a job working for the Lubbock Police Department in the Records Department in 2007. He worked his way up to Records Supervisor, while passionately trying to help anyone he could to make the organization better and more efficient.

Philip’s true passion in life came from his online gaming. Growing up, he and his siblings played the newest gaming platforms available. As technology developed, Philip continued to pursue new and challenging online games, often dominating fellow gamers throughout the world. Beginning as a personal form of entertainment, his activities soon grew to entertain others in the online community through streaming services, mostly focusing on retro games. His online moniker, Firynth, was a common name throughout many games and streaming services. He amassed over 2400 followers worldwide and seemed to impact each and every one of them in some form. Testimonies from his online friends describe him as a selfless influencer who never shied away from enforcing fairness and kindness on the different platforms.

Philip will be remembered for his competitive nature in sports and games, his tenacity to make sure things were done most efficiently, and being “fun Uncle PJ” to his nieces and nephews.

Survivors include his mother, Wendy Whaley, step-father, Gordon Goldhammer, father, Paul Whaley; siblings, Paul (Alyssa) Whaley II, Preston (Veronica) Whaley, Winmarie (Evan) Belt; Gordon Goldhammer II, and Sara (Dave) Birch. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Claire, Benjamin, and Harper Whaley, Bethany and Jason Belt, Wyat, Cruz, and Brodhi Birch;  grandparents, Phyllis Larson and K.C. and Donna Whaley; uncles, Denny (Arlethys) Park, Craig (Heather) Larson, Alan (Rhonda) Larson, David (Maureen) Larson, Gary (Valerie) Larsson, and Kyle (Becky) Whaley; aunt, Darla (Denny) Harger; and grandmother, Phyllis Larson.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, James Larson; grandmother, Mahl Seng Miles; and aunt, Beth Larson.


Celebration of Life


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