Joe Ray Phelps, 89, of Sadler, Texas was called to his eternal home on August 11, 2021.
Joe was born on June, 19, 1932 to Robert and Mary (Miller) Phelps. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Joe was also a hardworking welder who was truly passionate about his work. Throughout his life, Joe also enjoyed gathering with his family, and feeding the birds.
Left to cherish Joe’s memory are daughter, Diane Craig, and husband Thomas; daughter Connie Moore, and husband Don; grandchildren, Chris Craig, Daniel Craig, and Steven Kemp, along with eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents Robert and Mary Phelps, beloved wife, Ann Phelps, and brother, Billy Bob Phelps.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Meador Funeral Home in Whitesboro.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m glad I got to give him a hug on Father’s Day. He always had the sweetest smile. Prayers for y’all and hugs too!
So sorry to lose our neighbor of many, many years. Joe Ray was a good guy.
Many wonderful memories growing up. With your mother and my mother being sisters, the Phelps home was my favorite place to go on a Sunday afternoon.
On behalf of the Ray Henry family, please accept our condolences, sympathies and prayers. In the midst of your grief, may you find solace in the happy memories, strength in the lessons that you learned from him, and the peace that only Christ can give. Joe was our neighbor for many years, and our friend for many more. Many times, he shared his skills in ways that blessed others; but he never drew attention to those acts of kindness. They were simply outpourings from his soul. He quietly made the world around him a better place to be. Those of us whose lives were touched by him share in your grief. It is our hope that you are comforted by the knowledge that his impact upon the world will continue far beyond his physical existence in the world.
In Christ Love,
The Ray Henry Family
Thank You for the sweet words. We appreciate it. I am his grandson Steven.
We learned about Joe’s death in the newspaper after returning from a two week vacation. We were very sad to hear. We met Joe back in 2008 or 2009 when we looked at the property he and his brother-in-law were selling. Turned out that Joe worked as a welder with Chris’ grandfather, “Bus” OJ Cook in the Dixie oil field and other fields that Mobil operated. Chris built a friendship with Joe and really admired him. Joe welded bed rails onto an old iron headboard and helped us put in a gate with his welding skills. We purchased hay from him for our cows as late as this last spring. He showed us the Korean War book that had his photo standing on some military equipment. Chris’ dad served in the Korean War too. Joe was such a kind, noble and thoughtful man. We are praying for comfort for family and friends as you remember and miss Joe. We gave Joe a photo magnet of him on his tractor from this past spring when he loaded the hay for us. Please let us know if you would like us to send you the 2 photos we took.
I am his grandson. I would love those photos please. email@example.com or you can text them to 940 435-1801
Joe was a great man, good neighbor and friend. My dad thought the world of him and enjoyed the time the spent working and visiting together. A great source of knowledge has been lost with him.