Thomas R. Phelps was born June 2, 1939, to the parents of Woodrow and Mary Phelps in Cincinnati, OH. Thomas was educated in the public school system, graduating from Robert A. Taft High School in 1959.
He married the love of his life, Sally M. Phelps, nee King. Thomas later attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He also was trained as a cement mason, and eventually he began a career with the United States Postal Service retiring in 2004.
Thomas loved gardening and became very proficient at this craft; his own yard looked like a professional nursery center. Art was likely his greatest passion as he was involved with the Cincinnati Art’s Consortium, he would often have exhibits on display in various shows in the greater Cincinnati area. Besides paintings, many of his pieces were in the “mixed media” genre. One of his art pieces, a modified photo entitled “Snake In The Grass” won first place at the Cincinnati Zoo. He acquired many friends in art circles.
Thomas was baptized in Jesus’ name July 7, 1957, and Spirit-filled July 11, 1957. He served as the Sunday School superintendent at Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church under the leadership of the late Suffragan Bishop Jasper J. Phillips. He was a brilliant well-read man, having an infectious and humorous personality. He regularly watched PBS productions. He loved country music and one of his favorite TV shows was Hee-Haw! He also loved classical music. He was well-rounded in many subjects of discussion and could debate with the best of them.
Thomas was a very loving, caring, kind and compassionate man. A doting spouse, father, grandfather, son, sibling, uncle, and friend to many. His children knew him to be stern and no nonsense, yet approachable. He is greatly loved and will be missed by family and friends.
Thomas leaves to cherish his wonderful memory: his devoted wife of 62 years, Sally M. Phelps; his three children, Evette Render (Derrick), Darrin Phelps (Annette), Lance Phelps (Veronica). Special grand and great granddaughters, Melanie King and Rayvynn Evans; a host of grand-children and great-grandchildren. His older brother, Woodrow Phelps (Deborah), and baby sister, Yvonne Collins, nee Phelps (Jess); extended family and friends.
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