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Claud Edward Phelps – The Greenville lawyer

Claude Edward Phelps

Published on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 9:00 am

October 19, 1935 – April 26, 2024

Mr. Claud Edward Phelps, 88, a resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, was called home by his Heavenly Father on Friday, April 26. He was our rock, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather (Dad), a protector and provider, and friend to many – and his presence is already missed.

Claud was born on October 19, 1935 in Greenville, Alabama to Ollie Claude and Minnie Lerline Dean Phelps.

He is survived by his loving children, Claud E. (Jill) Phelps, Jr. and daughter, Ava P. (Mark) Basso, as well as his grandchildren: Kristi M. Basso, Emily B. (Travis) Bennett, Tyler Jarres and Samuel Bryant Phelps and Tana Grace Cashio. He is also survived by two sisters, Edna P. Lee and Faye P. (Wendell) Powell; sisters-in-law, Rose Bush, Alice Toohill, Vivian B. (Carl) Douglass and Cathryn Bush; brothers-in-law, Joe (Kay) Bush and Wayne (Carmen) Bush and numerous nieces and nephews.

Claud was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 62 years, Sybil B. Phelps and his grandson, Daniel Tyler Phelps.

Claud was a chemical engineer, a U.S. Navy veteran, and a Gideon who was a former president of the Ponchatoula Gideon International Group. He was a graduate of Greenville High School and an alumni of the University of Alabama.

One of his greatest joys was distributing Bibles in the school system and speaking and preaching in churches as Gideon’s representative.

He was a faithful servant of the Lord, teaching Sunday school for many years and serving as treasurer and chairman of the deacons at his church.

He was also a great self-taught chef. He loved to prepare his famous barbecue sauce – a secret recipe that few eyes have ever seen. After moving to Louisiana in 1973, he fell in love with riverside food and became adept at the art of cooking Creole and Cajun dishes, much to the delight of his friends and family.

Claud believed in hard work, showing up and doing your job. He believed in being generous with the gifts God had given him and never hesitated to meet the needs of others.