Elijah McPhail was born on July 15, 1947 in Darlington County. He was the son of the late Julius and Phillis Wilson McPhail. He received his education in the public schools in the
area. Rat, as he was affectionately known, was a retired employee of 50 years from Tyler Trucking Company. He worshiped and was a member of New Testament Missionary Baptist Church where he also served as Deacon.
Those left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Helen McPhail; Seven children, Gloria McPhail, Wanda Gary, Rhonda McPhail, Randy (Mary) McPhail, Robert McPhail, Terry (Felecia) McPhail and James McPhail; Four sisters, Sarah (Cornelius) Phillip, Patricia (Coleman) Cannon, Jannie Mae McPhail, Marilyn McPhail; In-laws, Betty (Herman)
McDonald, Felisha McPhail, Sheila (Danny) Roary, Moldesteen McPhail; Seventeen grandchildren, thirty-eight great grandchildren; A special great grandson Kayden McPhail;
Other close relatives, Annie Dawson, Greg McFarland and Travis Hunter; a host of other relatives and friends.