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Reverend Richard Eugene Phelps

January 7, 1926 ~ January 10, 2024 (age 98) 98 Years Old

Reverend Richard Phelps Obituary

Reverend Richard Eugene Phelps peacefully entered Heaven on January 10, 2024, at his home. He was 98.

He was born in Warren, Ohio on January 7, 1926, to his parents Harry G Phelps and Clara Dietz Phelps.  He was a graduate of Warren G Harding High School and Eastern Nazarene College, where he prepared for the ministry. He married Dorothy Eugenia Senard, on November 18, 1946, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  They enjoyed 71 years of marriage until her death in 2018.  Richard served our country in the United States Navy during World War II.

Richard served the Lord as a Nazarene minister for 57 years. He pastored 12 Nazarene Churches in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Florida, and Mississippi, and served as Minister of Music at the Hickory NC Nazarene Church. Many lives were touched and changed through his service to God.

He also held other jobs over the years and worked as a lumber truck driver, school bus driver, English teacher, and grocery clerk. He also preached at Penny Road Nazarene Church whenever the opportunity presented itself.

During his pastorates, Rev. Phelps was instrumental in building 2 parsonages, an educational building, and designed and facilitated the building of the Nazarene Church in Greenville, Pennsylvania, in 1962. He spent countless hours laying brick, roofing, doing electrical work, plumbing and many other components required to complete that church building. His last sermon was preached at this church.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Terri Rush (Tony) with whom he made his home, Daughter Marilyn May (Mooresville NC) grandchildren Rebecca Sadler (Raymond), Christopher Thellman, Patrick Thellman (Mary) of Sanford, Amy Powers, Tim Crowe (Kylie), Rick Watson (Laurie), Elizabeth Moore (Maurice), Rachel Watson, Jonathan Lance (Alena), nineteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great granddaughters.

Richard was a member of Penny Road Nazarene Church but had attended Grace Chapel Church in Sanford. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Phelps, and his daughter, Laura Brown.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, January 15, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Grace Chapel Church with Pastor John Widdifield and Chaplain Rachel Ferrarini officiating.  The family will receive friends 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, prior to the service.

Family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Bible Society. Final interment will be in Braceville, Ohio, at a later date.

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January 15, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grace Chapel Church

Memorial Service
January 15, 2024

11:00 AM
Grace Chapel Church (Sanford, NC)


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