George Phelps Jr.

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George Phelps, Jr., 88, of Annapolis, passed away on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at his home in the Parole community after a lengthy illness. He was born on August 5, 1926 to the late George and Louise Phelps of Annapolis. George was also preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Marion Herndon Phelps; a brother, Charles Phelps; and a sister, Virginia Hayes. He is survived by a daughter, Dr. Joyce Phelps Huey of Annapolis, a University of Maryland School of Dentistry Professor; a sister, Dr. Nan P. Manuel of Greensboro, NC; nieces, Janice Hayes-Williams and Deborah Barber, of Anne Arundel County, and Adrian Phelps Demby, of Baltimore; nephews, Rev. Dr. Carl Manuel, Jr. of Reidsville, NC, Charles Green, of Palm Beach, FL, and Jonathan Green of Anne Arundel County; and God-sons, John T. Chambers III of Glen Burnie, George G. Phelps, and the Honorable Michael Pantelides of Annapolis; and a host of dear cousins and friends. George, a nephew of the late Wiley H. Bates, graduated from the Wiley H Bates Kindergarten, the Stanton School and Wiley H. Bates High School. He attended North Carolina A&T College, and joined the U.S. Army, which took him to Europe during World War II. Thereafter, he returned home and eventually served as Anne Arundel County's Deputy Sheriff, the County's first African American law enforcement officer. George was a statesman, a civil rights leader, a community servant, and a political titan. He was a successful entrepreneur who founded Phelps Protection Systems, Inc. and with his wife, started a local chapter of Opportunities Industrializations Centers, Inc. George was affiliated with many local public service organizations. He was a life-time member of the NAACP, a member of the Annapolis Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, a member and Hall of Fame inductee of the Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, a member of American Legion Cooke-Pinkney Post 175, a member and honoree of the North County Political Forum, an original member of the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Redevelopment Task Force, and founder of the Layman's Corp. of Anne Arundel County, which was instrumental in registering a record number of African American voters. A street in his community, Middle Street, was renamed for George and his late wife Marion; "George & Marion Phelps Lane" in recognition of their exemplary service to the community. Visitation will be held at William H. Reese & Sons Mortuary, 1922 Forest Drive on Wednesday, February 25, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Viewing will begin at 9:30 am; a wake will begin at 10 am and will be followed by the memorial service at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery at 1911 Forest Drive, Annapolis following the memorial service. A repast following interment will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements are by William H. Reese & Sons Mortuary, 1922 Forest Drive, Annapolis, MD.



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Published in The Capital Gazette on Feb. 25, 2015
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