Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Richard is the son of the late William E. “Billy” Phelps and Rebecca Morris. He began working at the funeral home at age 16 during the summer of 1973. After graduating from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in 1977 he joined the funeral home full time. He received Funeral Directors and Embalmers Licenses in 1978. Richard became a partner in Stotts-Phelps-McQueary in 1985. He served as deputy coroner for several years. He married Mary Beth Sims in 1980. They have a daughter Elizabeth (Ben) Ballou and a son Will (Kelly) Phelps and have six grandchildren.
He is currently an elder in the Columbia Christian Church, member of Columbia Lodge #96, President of Columbia Cemetery Association, and serves as treasurer of the Adair Co. Sportsmen's Club, Volunteers at the Adair County Food Pantry and for Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry and the White Mills Christian Camp board of directors
He is a member of the Kentucky Corps of Long Riflemen, Wilderness Rangers, Bucksnort Long Hunters and National Muzzleloading Rifle Association.
Richard received the Columbia-Adair Co. Chamber of Commerce Business & Professional Man of the Year in 2018 and Volunteer of the Year in 2023. He enjoys black powder rifle shooting and collecting, hunting, historical reenacting and collecting old things.
Richard Phelps continues to work on a part time as needed basis at the funeral home after the sale of his interest in the business to Jeff Jessie on October 31, 2018.