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Joe Henry Phelps

June 26, 1934 ~ July 28, 2021 (age 87)


Joe H. Phelps was born in Fayetteville, TN on June 26, 1934, to Sue Phelps (Wilks) and Nelson Johnson.

Joe was raised by Ida Small "Momma Ida", during this time he gained the nickname "Wimpy", and a sister from another mother, Lena Small. Joe didn't go far in school, but he was a fast learner, and good with his hands.

When Joe turned 18, he enlisted in the United States Army. After an honorable discharge, he met Ara Guess. They fell head over heels for each other, moved to Las Vegas and got married. To Joe and Ara's union three children were born, Joseph, Kim, and Eric. Joe got a job working construction and retired after 30 years from Forti.

Joe was family oriented, he loved his children, and grandchildren. He was the type of man that had to be busy. He loved his yard, planting flowers, and helping others do odd jobs.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Sue Wilks; father, Nelson Johnson; wife, Ara Phelps, and sister, Lena Small.

Left to cherish Joe's memory are his children, Joseph Phelps, Kim Phelps, and Eric Phelps, all of Cleveland, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Jeamika, Quentien, Ramon, Amanda White, Destiny, Joseph Jr, and Darren; six great grandchildren, Santana, Damoniee, Jacolby, Aiden, Khloe, and Jade; as well as a host of other family and friends.

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Public Viewing
August 12, 2021

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Watson's Funeral Home
10913 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106

Funeral Service
August 13, 2021

10:00 AM
Watson's Funeral Home
10913 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106

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