Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Blackburn Phelps, age 82, of Manchester will be conducted Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Pastor Tom Watkins officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held Monday, January 26, 2015 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the funeral home.
Mrs. Phelps passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015, in Manchester.
She was born December 7, 1932 in Montgomery, Alabama, the daughter of the late William Edmund Blackburn and Elma Viola Blackburn. She married the love of her life Brady Hollis Phelps July 30, 1948 in Georgia and the two began their life together. In earlier years, Mrs. Phelps, while raising her three young daughters, was actively involved in the Home Demonstration Club and 4-H Club. She was a wonderful homemaker who dearly loved her family. More recently, she enjoyed spending her time reading a good book or going to yard sales and shopping with her daughter, Susie. She looked most forward to her daily phone calls from her sisters, Nell and Jewell Dean as well as her dear friend and niece Joan Morton. She also looked forward to having visitors, especially, Joan and Wayne King Morton. She will be forever missed by her family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Phelps is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Brady Hollis Phelps on July 7, 2003 and a brother, William Edmund Blackburn.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-laws, Connie Brown and husband, Norman of Woodbury, TN; Shirley Littlefield and husband, Stan of Altamonte Springs, FL and Susie McEacharn and husband, Lou of Manchester, TN; three grandchildren, Rhonda Merriman, Jennifer Morris and husband, Sam and Gregory Brown; four great-grandchildren, Trenton and Trey Jones, Dalton and Emily Morris; and three great-great grandchildren, Adain and Briley Jones and Levi Jones. Also surviving are her two devoted sisters, Frances Nell McBryar of Ft. Oglethorpe, GA and Jewell Dean Ray of Summitville, TN; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.