Lucille “Lu” Evans Phelps, 59, of Morehead City passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at her home, after a long and courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer.
Lu was born in Burlington, North Carolina on May 4, 1959. Mrs. Phelps received her Bachelor of Music from Meredith College in 1981 and her Master of Divinity in Christian Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky in 1984. Even as Lu battled cancer, she also worked toward and earned her Master of School Administration in 2008.
She married Rev. David W. Phelps on December 29, 1984. They have celebrated 34 wonderful years of marriage together and have served the Lord together through ministry in local churches in North and South Carolina and also regionally to the churches of the Atlantic Baptist Association. Lu enjoyed writing preschool Sunday School curriculum for the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as teaching Sunday School to all age groups. She always loved using her gifts and talents to minister to others and share the love of Christ with them, vocationally through teaching chorus in public and private schools.
Lu was an active member of First Baptist Church of Morehead City where she taught the Faith and Fellowship Sunday School class until her cancer would no longer allow it. Yet even as her cancer progressed, Lu was known for continuing to faithfully share the Gospel, to minister through prayer and friendship, and to disciple others.
Lu always felt called to foreign missions and greatly enjoyed taking short term mission trips to the nation of Armenia, where her eldest daughter and son-in-law have served long-term. She was a beacon of light and kindness to all who encountered her and is loved faithfully by those who were privileged to know her. Lu has inspired all of us to stand with quiet strength in the face of adversity and to trust the Lord in the midst of life’s turmoil. She has loved her family tremendously well and will be missed indescribably by her family until they are reunited in eternity in the presence of Christ.
A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM Saturday, March 9, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Morehead City with Dr. Nate Leonard, Dr. Fred McGehee, and Rev. Deborah “Debby” Murrell officiating. The internment will take place at 2:00 PM Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Jackson Cemetery in Jackson, North Carolina with Rev. Charlie Miller officiating. The family will receive friends following the service on Saturday at First Baptist Church of Morehead City.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, David W. Phelps of Morehead City and her two daughters, Sarah Beth (Phelps) Bdoyan and her husband Gegham Bdoyan of Wake Forest, NC, and Rachel Anne Phelps of Raleigh, NC. Affectionately known as “Nunu,” she is also survived by her two granddaughters, Emilee and Olivia Bdoyan.
She is also survived by one sister, Becky Evans Glass and her husband David of Yorktown, VA; two brothers, Tommy Evans of Jackson, NC; Bobby Evans and his wife Gwen of San Francisco, CA, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Thomas Edwin “Ed” Evans, Jr. and Dorothy “Dot” Prickett Evans of Jackson, NC and one infant sister, Dorothy Elizabeth “Dee” Evans.
In lieu of flowers, Lu has requested that memorials be made to the Armenia Church Fund. Checks may be made payable to: Atlantic Baptist Association, Memo: “Lu Phelps Memorial Armenia Church Fund.” Please mail to: Atlantic Baptist Association, P.O. Box 365 Havelock, NC 28532.
Electronic condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at, www.noefs.org. Arrangements by Noe Funeral Service, Inc. of Beaufort, NC.