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Obituary for Harry Thomas Phelps, Sr.
Harry Thomas Phelps, Sr., 81, of Columbia, died Monday, January 3, 2022, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
Born July 1, 1940 in Washington County he was the son of the late Milton Claude Phelps and Alethia Picolia Allen Phelps and was preceded in death by his sisters, Ethel Phelps Womble Overton and Mildred Phelps Burch Nadeau; brothers, Milton Harrell Phelps and Syd William Phelps. Harry Thomas started his working career as a pipe fitter with Newport News Shipbuilding and later returned home to work with Weyerhaeuser Corporation as a maintenance supervisor until his retirement. His love for farming led him to start his own farming operation, later became a real estate developer and was a member of Philippi Church of Christ.
His family includes the love of his life, his wife, Shirley Cooper Phelps of Columbia, NC; sons, Harry T. "Tommy" Phelps, Jr. and Michael Todd Phelps both of Columbia, NC and Torrey Alan Phelps of Blounts Creek, NC; sisters, Rena Mae Phelps Sexton of Creswell, NC and Mary Alethia Phelps Coburn of Greenville, NC; brothers, John Ireland Phelps of Saint Leonard, MD, Jerry Lee Phelps and Larry Wayne Phelps both of Creswell, NC; grandchildren, Drew Phelps, Kristina Phelps, Wyatt Phelps, Harrison Phelps and Savannah Phelps.
Funeral service will be held Friday, January 7, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Philippi Church of Christ Family Life Center with Glenn Brickhouse, Jimmy Davenport and Thomas Biggs officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends following the service at the graveside and other times at the residence.
Arrangements are by Maitland Funeral Home, Creswell.