Ernest Phelps Obituary

Ernest Phelps Obituary 

Ernest Casebolt of Phelps, KY and formerly of Pikeville, KY was born on July 16, 1944 in Newport News, VA a son of the late Ernest Casebolt Sr and Violet (Pratt) Casebolt Terry passed away suddenly on Monday April 13, 2020 in Phelps, KY.  Ernie was 75 years old.  In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by half brother Buddy Pratt and his wife Joan and a half brother Charles Casebolt.

Ernest was a funeral director having served the Phelps, KY community as the owner of Phelps Funeral Services, Inc. for 22 years.  Along with serving the community during their most difficult of times Ernie also served as a Pike County, KY deputy coroner for many years.  Along with his work in the funeral industry he also operated Casebolt Monument Company.  His work in various capacities in serving others has left a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.  He was a good ol' boy he never met a stranger and underneath his "rough exterior" was the most giving and caring of persons.  Ernie was a self-made farmer and a collector of most everything.  He liked a good argument from time to time as he stated it kept everyone on their toes.

Those that survive him include his former spouse Geneva Casebolt of Pikeville, KY; sons Michael Casebolt and his fiancĂ© Christie VanEtten of Knoxville, TN; Barry Casebolt and his wife Beverly of Berea, KY; grandchildren Julia Parsons and her husband Adam of Morresville, NC and Chandler Linton and her husband T.J.; great grandchildren Peyton, Mason, and Jackson Linton and Bryce Parsons; brothers; Robert Casebolt and his wife Brigitte of Newport News, VA and James Casebolt  and his wife Lora Jean of Marion OH, sister: Mary Wilder and her husband Nelson; and a sister in law Glenna.

Ernie is also survived by a community of friends and neighbors and a host of nieces and nephews.

In compliance with the COVID-19 federal guidelines services will be private and burial will follow in the Pratt Family Cemetery at Hindman, KY.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Chambers Funeral Services, Inc., of Matewan, WV with the assistance of Kansada Eldridge of the Phelps Funeral Services, Inc., of Phelps, KY.

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Forrest R. Hicks, President 
Wayne County Coroner
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