Mr. Marion James Phelps

April 15, 1944 - June 1, 2019
Mr. Marion James Phelps


Surrounded with love, Marion Phelps, 75, of Wilmington, North Carolina went to heaven on June 1, 2019. Following a diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer in 2015, he fought hard and won 3 ½ more years with his loved ones before the cancer returned.

Marion was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Marshall and Marion Phelps; brother, Marshall; and sister, Kay Crowley.

He is survived by his wife, Kim; stepchildren Justin Mowbray (Elizabeth), Matthew Mowbray (Beth), and Michelle Bare; grandchildren Kayleigh, Carter, Justin, and Alyssa; nieces and nephews; and many dear extended family members and friends.

Marion was born in Wilson, North Carolina on April 15, 1944. He was married to the love of his life, Kim, for 19 ½ years. Together they enjoyed going to the beach, listening to music, and entertaining friends and family at their home. Marion was a devoted husband and father to his stepchildren, who look up to him greatly. He was an entrepreneur, partnering with others on multiple businesses from construction to retail. Marion was always willing to lend a hand to help others and could accomplish anything. Although he may have appeared quiet and reserved to some, his love spoke loudly through his actions. In his spare time he enjoyed keeping up with current affairs, reading historical books, and completing difficult crossword puzzles with ease.

A memorial service will be held at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation on June 29, 2019 from 1:00-4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Wilmington Health (Dr. O’Neil & Dr. Webster), NHRMC Oncology (Dr. McNulty & Dr. Papagikos), and New Hanover Regional Medical Center for providing unparalleled care and support.

Fond memories and condolences can be shared with the family by clicking on the “Condolence” tab below.

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  • June 03, 2019
    Joe Barkley says:
    Dear lifetime friend. So many memories. Most Sincere Condolences.

  • June 03, 2019
    Joyce W. Roberts says:
    Good laughs priceless memories. RIP Marion

  • June 03, 2019
    Joyce W. Roberts says:
    Good laughs and priceless memories. RIP Marion.

  • June 03, 2019
    Beverly C Shackleford says:
    Good by my friend. RIP MARION

  • June 06, 2019
    F Davis says:
    The loss of a loved one can be so hard to bear, please know that you can draw close to God in prayer. May you be comforted by the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our trials, 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4. May you look forward to the fulfillment of God's promise that sickness and death will cease. "He will swallow up death forever, And God will wipe away the tears from all faces. and death will be no more, neither will mourning, outcry or pain be anymore, Revelation 21:4. My condolences for your loss.