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Thomas “Willie” Phelps

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Thomas Phelps was born September 5, 1914 in Norfolk, Va.  Phelps was a famous singer, drummer, and guitarist who spent several decades in the entertainment industry.  After his service in the navy during World War II, Phelps performed with his brothers Earl and Norman in a musical group called the “Virginia Rounders” that recorded with Decca and Fernwood records.  Phelps was also a member of the Virginia Country Music Association and the Western Swing Society Hall of Fame.  In addition to his long career in the music industry, Phelps also appeared in more than twenty Western films.  Phelps died on March 1, 2004.


Obituary of Thomas Phelps, Goldmine, December 10, 2004.  Also see Obituary of William T. Phelps, Virginian Pilot,  March 4, 2004.  

Biographical information provided by Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries.

Visitor Information

Visitor Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Office hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Free parking inside cemetery.

Admission Cost: Free

Address: 1000 Indian River Rd., Norfolk, VA 23523

Official web site for more information: www.norfolk.gov/cemeteries

Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation Web Site: www.norfolksocietyforcemeteryconservation.org