Earl Phelps (4-21-16) service 4-23-16

Earl Phelps, age 87, of Stantonville, Tennessee, was born June 2, 1928, in Providence, Kentucky, the son of the late George Frances and Daisy Rhea Scott Phelps.
On March 23, 1951, he was united in marriage to Doris Jeanette Harper.
Mr. Phelps was in ministry for more than 65 years having ministered in Princeton, Kentucky, Murray, Kentucky, Birmingham, Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Memphis, San Antonio, Texas, Tampa, Florida, Brighton, Tennessee, Bethel Springs and Bolivar. For 19 years, he was a stated clerk for West Tennessee Presbyterian.  Mr. Phelps was a talented carpenter. He could build anything out of wood. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports and spending time with his family. Mr. Phelps also loved playing cards and fishing. He never met a stranger.
Mr. Phelps departed this life on Thursday, April 21, in Jackson, Tennessee, at the age of 87 years, 10 months, 19 days. 
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doris Phelps of Stantonville, Tennessee; three daughters, Cindy Gabriel of Selmer, Cathy Bowen and husband Rickey of Guys, Tennesssee, Christie (Phelps) Martin of Adamsville; seven grandchildren, Chris Spiers, Nikki Spiers, Mica Tinsley, Jordan Tinsley, Drew Martin, Glenn Gabriel Jr. and Jake Martin; and four great-grandchildren, Hunter Stricklin, Kinley Wilson, Charlie Tinsley and Harrison Gabriel.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Phelps was preceded in death by two sisters, Nelda Phelps, and Edna Herrin; and two brothers, Rev. J.D. Phelps, and Eugene Phelps.
In honor of Mr. Phelps, all of the pallbearers wore his ties during the funeral service.
Services were held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, with Curtis Franklin and Matthew Ingram officiating. Burial followed in Stantonville Cemetery.

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