Lee Roy Phelps, Jr.

May 1, 1941 - May 31, 2008

05/01/1941 - 05/31/2008

Past Services

Wednesday June 04, 2008
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday June 05, 2008
11:00 am
Nimmo United Methodist Church Cemetery

Thursday June 05, 2008
11:00 am
Nimmo United Methodist Church Cemetery

Lee Roy Phelps, Jr., 67, of Virginia Beach, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2008. He was born in Edenton, North Carolina to Fannie Mae West and the late Lee Roy Phelps. Lee Roy served his country in the United States Air Force as a Civil Engineer. He retired from Eastern Airlines after 24 years and then worked for 13 years as an over the road truck driver under L.R. Phelps, Jr. Trucking. He was an avid music lover and a fantastic dancer. Lee Roy will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.
Lee Roy is predeceased by his step-father, James ” Pappy” West. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 28 years, Shelby Grimstead Phelps, four children; Timothy Phelps, Sr. and wife Wendy of Virginia Beach, Tonya Lee Ulfers of Louisiana, Margaret Boorom and husband Mike of Chantilly, VA and Cheryl Pavlecka and husband Steve of Herndon, VA, nine grandchildren; Tanner and Tessa Phelps, Olivia and Elizabeth Ulfers, Nathaniel and Sean Boorom, Phillip, Matthew and Jacob Pavlecka, his brother Jimmy “KAFWA” C. Phelps and wife Andrea of Largo, FL, sister Frances “Sisero” Horne and husband Albert of Disputana, VA, his step-brother Jimmy West and step-sister Betty Keech. Also missing him are numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 11:00am in the Nimmo United Methodist Church Cemetery with The Reverend Tommy Taylor presiding. The family will receive friends at a visitation on Wednesday evening from 6-8pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home-Maestas Chapel 1801 Baltic Ave. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Lee Roy’s name to the St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or online at donors@stjude.org. Online condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com.

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Patricia Gregory
8 years ago

As widow of Paul L Gregory, son of Mary Charles Zeitfuss & sister of Fanny West, I send my sympaties to all including your half sister Jan.

Bob Flora
8 years ago

Dear Shelby,

Very sorry to hear about your husband passing. Lee Roy was a very special man and person and I’m sure he will missed immensely by everyone in his life. We are thinking of you, and God Bless you and your family. Take care.


Bob, Sonya, Matthew, William

albert/bonnie grimstead
8 years ago

he was our friend for many,many years and we will miss him greatly. goodbye old friend,see you again some day

scott and debbie flora
8 years ago

Hi Shelby,

Debbie and I were so sorry to hear about your husband. It doesn’t matter how many years pass by, I will always remember how nice you,Uncle Poke and Aunt Katie were to me growing up. You and your husband always seemed very happy toghether.

You have always been full of energy and I love your attitude and energy for living.

I will always cherish the time we spent at Uncle Earl’s place on the river and Aunt Katie,Sarah, Dude, Bertie, Cecile and others on your Dad’s boat fishing. Dad always talks about how Uncle Poke was so nice to him when he was dating your Mom.

You have a very special family that loves and cares about you and please know how much we are thinking of you.

Love Scott, Debbie, Brenden, Ryan and Drew Flora

P. S -Sharon and I are bringing Mom and Dad to stop by and see you on Saturday if you are going to be home. We look forward to seeing you.

Matt Pavlecka
8 years ago

Lee Roy, or Grandpa as I referred to him, was a great man. I loved him a lot. I can remember all the times in his truck and his bone crushing handshakes. I will never fogot him.

With Love,


8 years ago

My Father-In-Law and Lee Roy were good friends and I have heard stories and wonderful memories. I can tell that he was a wonderful man. I wanted to say that I’m very sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you all, and wishing you comfort and peace and healing at this extremely difficult time. God Bless you all!

Dino & Ann Andreatos
8 years ago

Our deepest condolences âÄì Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Patsy, Robin Duane
8 years ago

OUr prayers and thoughts are with you. He is strolling the golden streets of heaven.

Sharon Flora Simon and Jose
8 years ago

Our thoughts and prauers are with you. Shelby, Sharon, Jacque, Woody and Scott, Debbie and the boys will see you Saturday

Jeri Jeter
8 years ago


Our God knows best! We know Lee Roy is no longer suffering and is in a better place.

In Christian Love – Jeri Jeter

Jane Allen
8 years ago

Shelby and Family,

So sorry to hear about Lee Roy. My deepest sympathy to you and the family. May God”s Blessings be with all of you!



Brenda Fine
8 years ago


I am so very sorry to hear of Lee Roy’s passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and if I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me. Love, Brenda Fine

Ricky & Terri Bunn
8 years ago


Our hearts break for you. One of our fondest memories of Lee Roy is when ya’ll were at my house in Georgia and ya’ll danced in the middle of the Den to “Boot Scootin Boogie”.

Whenever we all got together there was laughing and a good time. We Love you.

Trudy England
8 years ago

Shelby, I heard about Lee Roy at Thornton’s visitation. I am so sorry to hear the news. Sure hope you are doing well. When you get a chance Email me or call at 804 458 9513. Think about you often.

Sincerest sympathy,


your smoking buddy

Lois and Floyd Davis
8 years ago

Shelby, I just received an email from Brenda Fine about Lee Roy’s passing. I didn’t know he was ill. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. He lived a wonderful life with you and the children and grandchildren and I am happy I got to know him through you. I didn’t know he was into music and dancing. You must have had some wonderful times together and you will surely treasure all these memories. Please call or email me if there is anything I can do for you. Love, Lois

raymond rittenhouse
8 years ago

Shelby, What a wonderful video tribute to Lee Roy.Thanks for your time today. Love to all.Buddy

Ted and Pam Breeden
8 years ago


Pam and I send our thoughts and prayers. Should you need anything please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Robin Black
8 years ago

We used to ride the roads together pullling containers. We will certainly miss you and hope to ride the roads of heaven with you someday.