Richard W. Phelps, Sr.
Died: January 18, 2013
Richard W. Phelps, Sr., 93, of Binghamton went quietly to glory on January 18th. Dick was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Margaret "Peggy" Phelps, and his oldest son, Richard Phelps, Jr. Dick is survived by his loving wife, Nila Rae Phelps, of the last 18 years, his older brother, Russell H Phelps, his son, Ronald Phelps and daughter-in-law, Mary Phelps of Crossville, TN. He is further survived and was wonderfully accepted by the children of Nila Rae who are Bobbie Rae and Harry Bisher, Douglas and Gail Brandow, Cheryl Lee and David Vought, Debbie Jo and Henry Schwarz, 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A graduate of Wheaton College, he served in the Navy in WWII, and worked as credit manager for Ozalid, a division of Ansco in Johnson City, before taking over as owner of Phelps Insurance Agency where he worked until he retired. He was a lifetime member of and faithful worker at Park Avenue Baptist Church where he held every position at the church at one time or another. He loved traveling and played his saxophone at every opportunity, including onboard the troop ship while crossing the Pacific and played in the church orchestra, solos and duets with his brother until his death. He was a good, practical teacher, active in many church & mission projects, interested in the lives of his family and friends, and will be missed by us all.
The family will receive friends at the Park Avenue Baptist Church, 1135 Vestal Ave., Binghamton on Tuesday beginning at 10AM. A funeral service will be held at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Baptist Bible College, 538 Venard Rd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411 or to a charity of your choice.