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David Neal Phelps, 83, of Catlettsburg, passed away Wednesday Jan. 17, 2017, in Kings Daughters Medical Center, surrounded by his family.
David was born June 29, 1934, in Scott Depot, W.Va., to the late Ernest A. Phelps and Lona E. Pettry.
He was raised by a special mother, the late Elma Hale Phelps.
In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Marganna Cornett Phelps; and a brother, Bobby Gene Phelps.
He is survived by a daughter, Angela Phelps of Atlanta, Texas; a son, Danni (Jennifer) Phelps of Ashland; grandchildren, Stephanie Friley (Chris) Gehring of North Royalton, Ohio and her children, Halle Walker, Bryna Walker and Kylie Walker, Christin Friley of Brooklyn, N.Y., Leslie Friley of Pittsburg, Penn, Juliana Phelps (Aaron) Amos of Catlettsburg and their son, Dylan Amos and Lauren Phelps of Suffolk, Va.; three brothers, Clarence (Charlotte) Phelps of Plant City, Fla., Robert E. Phelps of Ashland and Steven G. (Annette) Phelps of Crofton, Md.; and a sister, June Catherine Phelps of Nitro W.Va.
David graduated from Boyd County High School in 1954, where his passion was basketball. He is a Hall of Fame inductee scoring over 1000 points.
After high school, he proudly served in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany for two years. Upon discharge David briefly operated a general store in Catlettsburg before beginning a 34 year career at Ashland Oil Refinery.
At the refinery, he served several years as union president of OCAW local 3-214 and retired as an Instrumentation Supervisor.
Dave was a lifelong sportsman well known in the community for his basketball, softball, golfing, bowling and horseshoes. He was an avid fisherman, traveling out of state multiple times a year for over 40 years.
He was a tremendous community service contributor, coaching elementary school basketball for over 20 years, primarily at the former Cooper Elementary school. He was a volunteer with American Red Cross Boyd County Chapter and served in leadership positions for Kiwanis Club of Boyd County and Ashland Tristate Recreation Association.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel with Chaplain Jimm Smedley officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2017, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to steenfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 18, 2018
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