Victor Phelps passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home Saturday morning January 18, 2020 with family by his side after a short illness. He was a true southern Christian gentleman that exemplified integrity, honesty, and love of family and friends. Those that knew him loved him and he made friends wherever he went. He couldn’t go into a restaurant or store without ending up making new friends with someone there.
Victor was born in Maysville, NC on 02/27/33. He was one of 13 siblings including his twin brother, Vernon (1933-2019). He joined the Coast Guard at the age of 17 and served on the USS Finch from 1950 to 1953. During that time, he developed a passion for dancing and later became a ballroom dance instructor with Arthur Murray Dance Studios. This is where he met his wife. Betty Jean Walker (1931-2009) by trying to sell her dance lessons in the elevator of the building they both worked in. They were married December 19, 1953. They had two children, Diana and David.
In 1964 he began a 39 year career as a driver for Greyhound. Because of his exemplary driving record and charming personality, he was given the opportunity to drive for President Gerald Ford, Lawrence Welk Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra, and the Fifth Dimension, among others. After transferring to Montana with Greyhound, he was requested to drive for many charters because he was more of a tour guide, pointing out wildlife and historical points of interests. After retiring from Greyhound, Victor opened a dance studio in Jonesboro, AR and had also owned End of the Trail tour bus company. He moved back to Montana to be near his family and met his love and dance partner of over 10 years, LaVonne Lawrence. They enjoyed ballroom dancing every weekend, playing Rummikub, and spending time with family and friends. He pursued his passions like building and living in a cabin in the mountains and he also went to Argentina only to learn and perfect the Argentine Tango.
He lived life to the fullest and passed the love of live and music onto his children and four grandchildren, Michael Shawn Webb, Joshua Dale Moore, Steven Ryan Wilson and Zachariah Victor Phelps. He also has four great grandchildren, Kristian Nicole Emmons, Amber Michelle Webb, Jayden Michael Moore, Michael Memphis Webb.
A Celebration of Life will be held on his birthday, Thursday February 27 at First Baptist Church, 218 No. 34th Street from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. and will coincide with his twin brother’s Celebration in California. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter to honor his love of animals. Victor’s family would also like to thank Stillwater Hospice for their care and support.
He was a genius at luring you into a story and you didn’t realize it was a joke until the last line. He would say that “Schubert’s Serenade” was the only song ever written because he thought it was perfection. The world will have less love and laughter in it with his passing. He will be remembered as a loyal friend, a great dancer, and the best dad and granddad that we could ever have asked for. We were blessed to have you in our lives and we will miss you until we see you again.