Anthony Ray Phelps

Anthony Ray Phelps

October 12, 1962 - December 10, 2022

Anthony Ray Phelps, 60, of East Bernstadt, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2022, at St. Joseph East Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.   He was born October 12, 1962, in Corbin, Kentucky.

Tony thoroughly enjoyed hosting events for his family and friends and cooking for them.  He especially liked grilling and baking.  His good sense of humor and his art as an impressionist instilled laughter, which Tony always enjoyed.  Other times, he really liked spending time on the golf course.

Tony was preceded in death by his grandmother, Edith Brooks.

He leaves behind his mother, Judy Bottorff and husband Albert; fiancé, Laura Yates; uncle, Randy Brooks; daughter, Megan Yates (Grant); daughter, Jessica Bennett (Chad); daughter, Casey Faulkner; three grandchildren: Addalyn, Easton, and Leighton; and two cousins: Brian Brooks and Brandon Brooks, as well as many friends.

Tony was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, December 15, 2022, in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Joe Eaton officiating.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Thursday at Hart Funeral Home, located at 1011 Master Street in Corbin.




  • James Pedigo
    Posted at 11:09h, 13 December Reply

    My condolences to the family . I worked with Tony for many years and her was one of the smartest and most caring people I ever had the opportunity to work with. Tony touched many lives and her will be missed by so many

    • megan yates
      Posted at 09:18h, 14 December Reply

      Thank you! Agreed, Tony was super intelligent and full of wisdom & advice! He was much more kind and caring than I think he wanted people to believe! 🥹

  • Shirley Wilson
    Posted at 11:53h, 13 December Reply

    So very sorry for your loss. I can remember Tony as a little boy. Such an imagination! I pray for comfort and healing for all of you.

    • megan yates
      Posted at 09:23h, 14 December Reply

      Thank you! We appreciate it!

  • Anita E. Hurley
    Posted at 16:09h, 13 December Reply

    Tony hired me as his HR manager at the Greensboro, NC O’Reilly Auto Parts distribution center in 2008. We worked closely together through good and bad times until I moved to Virginia in 2015. Tony always had a story to share to help him relate to teammates – about his “rode hard and hung up wet” childhood, his grilling techniques, his love for Cadillacs and wolf sculptures, his special greens recipe, and his tough but kind work ethic. He would do anything to help a teammate succeed at their job, and was always available to lend a helping hand. Tony was an interesting person and great leader, and will be missed.

  • Jessica Barlow
    Posted at 20:31h, 13 December Reply

    I had the pleasure of working with Tony for 15 years. He had an absolute knack for telling the most colorful stories. He was a very caring person with such a big heart. Glad I had the chance to know him and so sorry to hear that he is gone. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with his family.

  • megan yates
    Posted at 09:34h, 14 December Reply

    Thank you for sharing! Mom and I both agree, we had heard him mention your name! He took pride in his work and loved his team members and truly cared about others! We didn’t get those good ol’ greens this Thanksgiving because he didn’t feel good! 😔

  • Kimberly Pate
    Posted at 12:12h, 14 December Reply

    So sorry for your loss. I worked many years with him in Little Rock, Ar. One of my favorite memories is around this time of the year he would dress up as a elf for our team members and take pictures.

  • Tracy Dexter
    Posted at 16:19h, 14 December Reply

    Tony was one of the best Managers i ever had the pleasure of working with. I worked with him at the O’Reilly Auto DC in Arkansas. He was always willing to listen and was open to try new suggestions on things. He had a big heart and always smiling and in a good mood. Tony will be truly missed.

  • Linda Phelps Welch
    Posted at 18:24h, 14 December Reply

    Judy, I’m so sorry for your loss, I haven’t see Tony since he was a young boy. Reading the comments about him, he was a very nice man.

  • Jennifer Butler
    Posted at 06:36h, 15 December Reply

    So sorry for your loss..I had the pleasure of being his right hand at O’Reilly’s in LR he was the best boss I have ever had. He will truly be missed.. 🙏🙏🙏

    • megan yates
      Posted at 14:50h, 17 December Reply

      Thank you for sharing!

  • Katie Dyer
    Posted at 16:18h, 15 December Reply

    So sorry to hear that Tony has been called home. I worked with him long ago for many years in Little Rock. He was one of the best & most beloved managers we ever had at the warehouse.
    You & your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Megan Yates
      Posted at 06:51h, 19 December Reply


      Love reading these! Thank you!

  • LORETTA Phelps McDaniel
    Posted at 05:54h, 17 December Reply

    Judy, reading the comments about Tony, reminds us, just how much kindness means to those around us. how very proud you must feel I pray for peace and comfort for the days ahead and that all the good times and memories will ease the heartache you feel today. I too feel the loss, yet feel very proud of Tony and to know that the sweet little boy I remember didn’t change. Tony was so loved because He loved others. God bless you Judy.

  • Regina Barnhill
    Posted at 20:45h, 27 December Reply

    So very sorry and surprised to hear this. I worked for the Knoxville OReilly DC. Tony was a good man. He will be missed for sure.

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