May 29, 2014

In Memory of Philip Spencer

Memorial by Charlie Raymond 
Yesterday we all learned of the passing of Philip Spencer. Philip was a great friend to many in this community, including myself. Let me tell you about the Philip I knew.

The first time I ever spoke with Philip, by phone, he called me up one day and said,

"Mel, I want to send you something. I want your honest opinion and I don't want you to hold back."

That set me back on my heels. I already had a deep respect for Philip and I already knew he and I had different opinions on issues in this community. But, he sent me the file and I looked at it and gave him my opinion.  His response?

"That's what I thought too."

That's how it was with Philip. You could disagree with him, or offer an opposing opinion, and he never took it personally. I've had some of my best discussions with Philip and I learned a lot from him. He told me stories out of Kentucky about more than just Bigfoot - that stood my hair on end. He was an endless source of stories and he loved to share them and his knowledge. Charlie Raymond; ´╗┐spoke of how, Philip, worked with him and taught him so much.

Well, that's just the kind of man Philip was.

The American Bigfoot Society was proud to have Philip as a member for many years. He offered years of field experience and an opposing view, at times, which gave many much to think about. He also discussed photography with the group. Which as we all know - how to take a good photo or film is pretty darn important. Philip went out of his way to share his knowledge, because he wanted to help anyone that needed it.

I will miss Philip a great deal. He didn't have to be my friend, or a friend to anyone else. He wanted to. 

And I am so very grateful for the years I had knowing this fine man who was a great friend, loved by many, and a devoted Researcher.  

My most heart felt condolences go out to Philips sons, his entire family, and the friends who loved him so very much.    

I asked a couple people who knew Philip also if they wanted to add words to this article.


Pudd his dog was his best buddy. Philip researched Bigfoot and other mysterious creatures in Anderson County Kentucky for over 20 years.

Philip was a captivating story-teller, charismatic personality and people fell in love with him instantly.

He Loved to watch MMA, eating Honey Crisp Apples, being out in nature, photography, and of course bigfooting. He also provided most of the witnesses and locations for the TV episode "Hillbilly Beast". Philip also promoted the adoption of dogs and cats. 

Philip has been an invaluable liaison, teacher and good friend of mine. I owe much of my knowledge to this wise, dear friend.  I'm really going to miss chatting with him about the latest Bigfoot research, the history of bigfoot activity in Kentucky and life in general.

- Charlie Raymond: The Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization.

Please check out the wonderful video Charlie made in memory of Philip: 


He was a great friend. 

The Kentucky connection was what started our friendship. 

We shared research info and would consult with each other. He called me at least once a week to discuss recent events and we talked constantly through private messages. He was a big fan of my artwork and encouraged me constantly. He encouraged me to write an article for his blog about some paranormal events that took place with some of my relatives in KY, and was wanting me to write a book.   

Kentucky ran through his veins. He was a true southerner. He thought Kentucky & Kentuckians deserved more credit than it was given, and always cringed when the usual stereotypical comments were made.

You would not be able to find a truer friend anywhere on this earth.

- Adrianne Brashear Arney


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