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James Ellis Phelps

May 21, 1929 ~ December 8, 2018 (age 89)

James Ellis Phelps, 89, of Beaver Dam, Kentucky passed away Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born May 21, 1929 in Ohio County to the late Ellis and Irene Wilson Phelps. Mr. Phelps retired from Green River Steel. He loved spending time with his family, playing cards, horseback riding, and home improvement projects.

Aside from his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ruth Ross Phelps; daughter-in-law, Nancy Phelps; two great-grandchildren, Avery Ruth Phelps and Jaleigh Elizabeth Phelps and two sisters, Louise Bishop and Helen Hinkel.

He leaves behind to treasure his memory six children, Philip (Brenda) Phelps of Owensboro, Sheila (Tony) Abney of Beaver Dam, Kenny Phelps of Elizabethtown, Benny (Becky) Phelps of Louisville, Dennis (Leslie) Phelps of Owensboro, and Donna (Wade) Perry of Owensboro; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-one great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two siblings, Gladys Calloway and Mervil (Rachel) Phelps; special nephew, Danny Tatum and several other nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 12, 2018 with Rev. Benny Phelps officiating. Burial will follow in Phelps Family Cemetery in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. Friends may visit with Mr. Phelps’ family from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday and 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

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