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A celebration of Life for Donnell Marcus Phelps will be Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2:00PM, Fort Valley State University, Pettigrew Center Auditorium. Burial in Colonel Felton Memorial Cemetery, 502 South Street, Marshallville, GA and Repast to Follow at St. James C.M.E, Church, 215 Railroad Street, Marshallville, GA.  Body will lie in state at the Pettigrew Center beginning at noon on Wednesday.


Public Viewing on Tuesday, May 10th, 9AM - 9PM, Bentley Montford Mortuary, 133 Railroad Street, Butler, GA


Donnell was born on October 7, 1996 to the parentage of Donald Edward Phelps and Peggy Ann Walters.  Donnell attended the public schools in Macon County, Georgia.  He graduated from Macon County High School in May 2015.  In August 2015, his college career began at Fort Valley State University.  Donnell was an Agriculture Technology Major.


His precious memories will be forever cherished by family and friends.  He leaves the following family member: Parents, Donald Phelps and Peggy Walters; brothers, Duane Phelps, Troy (Sheba) Phelps, Nigera Walters, Donald Walters, Jacques Phelps; sisters, Tawan Tillman and Kayla Walters, and a host of other relatives.

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  • Elizabeth Lane (Thursday, May 05 16 03:14 pm EDT)

    This young gentleman went straight to heaven, because he lost his life defending others from attack. Such a terrible loss, and his family and friends will be in my prayers.

  • Porscha (Thursday, May 05 16 04:01 pm EDT)

    To the family keep your eyes unto the hills where your help comes from, with deepest sympathy.
    The James Family

  • Valery Davis (Thursday, May 05 16 04:54 pm EDT)

    You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. My prayers go out to your family and friends. You were a good example of what a MAN truly looks like.

  • Kevin T. Brown (Thursday, May 05 16 06:00 pm EDT)

    John 15:13. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

    We all say that we will but only the strong will actually believe and do. Thanks Mr. Phelps.

  • Tiera Raines (Thursday, May 05 16 06:10 pm EDT)

    I love you Donnell and you will be truly missed best friend.??????

  • Korina Woodard (Thursday, May 05 16 06:21 pm EDT)

    My heart is broken... I'm really at a lost for words...Donnell was a bright young man with a promising future..He has a very loving and caring family that I adore and love.... Words seem inadequate
    to express the sadness I feel about Donnell death. I am here to support you in your grieving process with sincere sympathy. Wishing you peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead and
    loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Love all of you Korina...

  • Kera (Thursday, May 05 16 06:34 pm EDT)

    Donnell, I will miss you so much. You laugh, spirit, and kind heart will always be in my memories. I just cannot even believe I'm writing this. As crazy as it seems, you're just one of the last
    people I'd ever think would pass away so soon. I miss you so much Donnell and thank you for allowing me to experience someone as great as you. Please watch over us.

  • Jere (Thursday, May 05 16 06:40 pm EDT)

    Praying for your family! You will forever be in our hearts. Your smile. The way you made my day everytime I saw you.Coming in the door saying hey baby. What you cook. I love you! Rest easy! RIP! We
    will never forget you!

  • Felicia (Thursday, May 05 16 06:55 pm EDT)

    My deepest sympathy to the Phelps family. RIP Donnell.

  • Tashica Leary (Thursday, May 05 16 07:38 pm EDT)

    My thoughts and prayers are with y'all at this difficult time..

  • Jasmyne williams (Thursday, May 05 16 07:49 pm EDT)

    Donnell was a wonderful young man. He had a smile that will brighten anyone's day. He always encourage me to do better and brought me up when I was down. Anytime I needed advice he was the one I
    could count on. He loved to dance and be silly with everyone. Donnell was very smart and a kind loving person. Everyone will have a peice of donnell in them even if he is not here physically.

  • Shadreia Maddox (Thursday, May 05 16 08:28 pm EDT)

    To the Phelps & Walters family, I pray that in this time of loss that you feel God's love much more. And that you find comfort in the presence of the Lord. I pray that God pours upon you his
    sweet Amazing Grace. An overflow your heart with peace as Donnell rest in his embrace.

  • Rev. Moneka Braswell (Thursday, May 05 16 09:05 pm EDT)

    With deepest sympathy to the family. Rest in the strength of God during this hard time. Donnell was a very mannersble young man with a strong faith and big goals. He will be missed.

  • Debra Ayala-Martin (Thursday, May 05 16 09:17 pm EDT)

    Donnell will always be known as the kid with the infectious smile. He had a kind and loving spirit. A perfect gentleman in every way. God's garden got a lot brighter. Gone but never forgotten!! Rest
    in peace dear.

  • Dallas Anderson (Thursday, May 05 16 11:19 pm EDT)

    I don't know the young man personally but my heart breaks for his family. He is truly a hero to give up his life for others. I pray that God be with his family.

  • Debra Green Felton (Thursday, May 05 16 11:27 pm EDT)

    Prays and heartfelt sorrow goes out to the family and may God give you comfort and strength.

  • Sandra Robinson (Thursday, May 05 16 11:30 pm EDT)

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of this brave,beautiful young man,who gave his all so that others would not live in fear,sleep on young soldier. R.I.H.

  • Ms Latonya Daniels (Friday, May 06 16 12:05 am EDT)

    My Deepest Sympathy for The Phelps and Walters Family, Donnell Phelps was a Hero as a FVSU Employee, He will truly be missed

  • Lamonica Lakes (Friday, May 06 16 02:57 am EDT)

    Praying for the Phelps & Walters family with deepest sympathy from the Lakes family!! R.I.P Donnell you will truly be missed!!

  • Hillsman, Ezell, Glover,and hillman family. (Friday, May 06 16 05:00 am EDT)

    To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Fly high another angel gone too soon. Praying strength and comfort to the family..

  • Alyse Rand (Friday, May 06 16 05:56 am EDT)

    Such boldness and presence in such a small body. Without even knowing it, Donnell touched those around him, leaving impressions and memories that will last forever. His life challenges us to always
    do what's right. I can truly say that I'm blessed to have known him.

    Praying that God will strengthen your family
    -Alyse Rand and the Rand family

  • Kimberly watson (Friday, May 06 16 07:41 am EDT)

    I didn't get to know him myself, but I truly admire his courage and sacrifice, I pray for the strength of his family and friends, god bless you in this time of sorrow!

  • Lekenyia and Tiara Perkins (Friday, May 06 16 10:49 am EDT)

    Donnell, I and my sister have known you since we were kids. You were always the person to make us smile when we were feeling down and also u gave us great advice when we needed it. You had a
    wonderful spirit and soul. You helped us to understand that life is worth living no matter what u go through. We are going to miss u so much. Rest in Peace honey

  • Jasmine Harris (Friday, May 06 16 12:43 pm EDT)

    We love you Donnell and we're going miss you terribly! Continue to watch over us, and we shall reunite again some day.

  • Brenda Montford-Cliett (Friday, May 06 16 02:03 pm EDT)

    The Dash: The time between your birth and your death. Donnell lived his dash by making a positive impact on those he came in contact with and by making a difference. How will you live your "dash"?
    "Weeping May endure for a moment, but joy come the morning".

  • Carolyn Rhodes (Friday, May 06 16 04:28 pm EDT)

    My thoughts and prayers are with Phelps and Walters family. May God grant you please and understanding during time of bereavement. Nigeria and Don, your AUCC family is praying for you.

  • Carolyn Rhodes (Friday, May 06 16 04:32 pm EDT)

    My prayers are with the Phelps and Walters family. May God grant you comfort and understanding during this time of bereavement. Nigeria and Don, your AUCC family is praying for you.

  • Katrena Gatewood (Friday, May 06 16 05:08 pm EDT)

    I didn't get the honor to know Donnell personally, but from others I've heard only great things about him. His smile in his pictures alone shows that he had a loving spirit. Rest in heaven young man,
    because I know that's where you are.

  • Felisha leary (Saturday, May 07 16 12:33 am EDT)

    Very sweet and respectful person rest on baby you did a great job. He always respected me when he came to my house. You have earned your wings boo. We will miss you your marshallville family

  • Karlita Bonner (Saturday, May 07 16 08:43 am EDT)

    Rest in Paradise my Little friend❤️

  • Patricia Walker (Saturday, May 07 16 09:33 am EDT)


  • Kenyatta Gouch (Saturday, May 07 16 11:02 am EDT)

    Donnell, the memories we shared will forever remain in my heart. I never thought this day would come so soon, especially not for you. A man with a heart of gold! A person who would rather make
    someone else happy before making himself happy. You were such an amazing classmate and friend who kept everyone laughing. You will truly be missed. We will continue to keep you in our hearts forever.
    I pray that God will strengthen the family & friends of such a wonderful young man! Remember that behind every dark cloud, the sun will shine. God bless and I love you all!
    #ClassOf2015 ??

  • Myles Duncan (Saturday, May 07 16 06:00 pm EDT)

    Rest in peace . You will always be remembered as a true friend.
    My best friend. Myles

  • Barbara Duncan (Saturday, May 07 16 06:16 pm EDT)

    God only wanted the best and we are selfish for not wanting to let you go.You are so young , and had so much to experience.God's a good teacher . I will forever remember you smile. You brought some
    much joy to people . God Bless

  • Frances White (Saturday, May 07 16 08:54 pm EDT)

    I know that there is no pain greater than the loss of a child. May you find comfort in God's word and remember that Jesus too was a young man. Hold on, help is on the way!

  • charles mcghee (Sunday, May 08 16 07:01 am EDT)

    My nephew a bright example of what a young man should be!

  • TJ (Sunday, May 08 16 09:39 am EDT)

    Offering sincere condolences. I am so very sorry for the loss of your young son. No doubt this is a very difficult time for the family. Please find comfort in knowing that soon our Heavenly Father
    (Psalm 83:18) will give those who have fallen asleep in death the opportunity to live again (Acts 24:15) and serve him in a world under much better conditions than what we see today. (Psalm 37:29;
    Rev. 21:4,5)

  • Dwight Cornelious (Monday, May 09 16 12:26 am EDT)

    Rest in peace young brother.

  • Raiza Calzadilla (Monday, May 09 16 10:49 am EDT)

    Beautiful young man, kind spirit, and will truly be missed. FVSU Family.

  • Gabriella Louis (Monday, May 09 16 10:53 am EDT)

    Rest in peace Donnell it was a pleasure to have met you, and knowing you were a part of the tennis family. #FVSU15 #FVSUtennis ??

  • Nealie Johnson (Monday, May 09 16 11:59 am EDT)

    Prayers and expressions of condolences are extended to the Family. Donnell's Infectious Smile epitomized the love he had for God and his fellowman.

  • Jamsyn (Monday, May 09 16 12:26 pm EDT)

    My deepest sympathy to the Phelps family.

  • Kyra (Monday, May 09 16 01:56 pm EDT)

    I will really miss you friend ? but I know God has gained a GREAT angel ?? , I love you and you will never be forgotten ❤️

  • Willie M. Johnson (Monday, May 09 16 03:26 pm EDT)

    To the Family, Stay strong and united, For God will give you strength. Love you guys!

  • Jerry Brenner (Monday, May 09 16 03:28 pm EDT)

    I want to offer my deepest condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of Mr. Donnell M. Phelps.

  • Cheryl McNeil-Jordan (Monday, May 09 16 04:01 pm EDT)

    Donnell was such a courageous young man who lost his defending others--he is truly a hero. He is gone to be with the Lord so my prayers are with his family who will miss this bright, shining, star.

  • Katina Jackson (Monday, May 09 16 08:44 pm EDT)

    Weeping may endure for the night, but JOY cometh in the morning. Psalms 30:5
    My prayers are with the Phelps and Walters family.

  • Clifford & Belinda (Kendrick) Carr (Tuesday, May 10 16 12:32 am EDT)

    Phelps family Earth has no Sorrow that Heaven Can Not Heal! You have our deepest condolences. I will not say I know how you feel because everyone deal with grief differently, But I do know ALL PAIN

  • Melissa Ellison (Tuesday, May 10 16 09:27 am EDT)

    I my deepest condolences to you and your family. It is true that earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal! I know with god your pain will heal in his time.

  • Loria Dewberry and Family (Tuesday, May 10 16 10:05 am EDT)

    I am so sorry for the loss of your son, Donnell M. Phelps. My deepest condolences and prayers goes out to his family and friends. May God give you all strength at this time.

  • Tenora J. Simonez (Tuesday, May 10 16 11:34 am EDT)

    To the Phelps family: "I never taught your son, but I met him at the Tabor Building. He had a contagious smile and very enlightened spirit. He held the door for me a couple of times, and seemed to
    float when he walked. What an outstanding Hero for our other students to emulate." Thank you for offering to the world, a wonderful soul.

  • Rosaline Odom (Tuesday, May 10 16 11:55 am EDT)

    To the Phelps Family, may God continue to hold you gently in the palm of His hand as you go through this very difficult time. I will continue to keep you all lifted up in prayer. May God bless you
    with comfort and peace.

  • Maud Mundava (Tuesday, May 10 16 12:02 pm EDT)

    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved one, Donnell. Please accept my condolences. May God bless and comfort you during this time of grief.

  • Maud Mundava (Tuesday, May 10 16 12:04 pm EDT)

    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved one, Donnell. Please accept my condolences. May God bless and comfort you during this time of grief.

  • Maud Mundava (Tuesday, May 10 16 12:05 pm EDT)

    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved one, Donnell. Please accept my condolences. May God bless and comfort you during this time of grief.

  • Diane Wilkins (Tuesday, May 10 16 12:10 pm EDT)

    My prayers are with the Phelps and Walters Families for strenght and comfort in the days to come.

  • Dr. William E. Holt (Tuesday, May 10 16 12:28 pm EDT)

    With much "Love" we pray for your family.

  • Kimbrisha Smith brown (Tuesday, May 10 16 01:57 pm EDT)

    R.I.p. Donnell U truly will be missed.. U we're the sweetest caring smiling young man I ever knew.. rest on donnel

  • Peggie Johnson (Tuesday, May 10 16 04:46 pm EDT)

    With deepest sympathy so sorry for your lost...may God strengthen you in your time sorrow...look to the hills in which your help come come

  • Marilyn Ford (Tuesday, May 10 16 11:00 pm EDT)

    Prayers and most sincere sympathy are extended to the Phelps and Walters families. Donnell's presence on earth will be missed, but he is now in the presence of the Lord. May he rest in peace!

  • Latifah (Wednesday, May 11 16 09:24 am EDT)

    I love you Donnell, you are special to me. I will always cherish our memories, because you were the little brother I never had.

    I know you are with the Lord, and I will keep that handsome smile in my mind and heart. Your big sister Tifah! Wildcat Love!

  • Victoria McClendon (Wednesday, May 11 16 05:50 pm EDT)

    May God continue to strengthen the family, My prays goes out for you'll lost. Deepest Sympathy .

  • Ron English (Wednesday, May 11 16 06:51 pm EDT)

    I am a former Macon County citizen and was touched by the unfortunate death of this fine young man. I saw the story on my computer where I live in Norman, Oklahoma. I salute the memory of Donnell
    Marcus Phelps and recognize him as a hero for the way he stepped in to help three women on his college campus. Sadly the county will never see him complete his life and service and produce a
    successful life in Macon County. But he was recognized by his college, by the community and by the Governor of the state. The lowering of the flags were an appropriate honor that testifies to the
    heroic deed Mr. Phelps performed. God bless his memory and may his family know that many around the country also learned of his deed and were filled with pride and appreciation.

  • Evangelist JoAnn Waters (Thursday, May 12 16 09:33 am EDT)

    St. John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his Friends. Donnell gave his life for the love of someone else , OH How he showed the world what real love can do.
    May GOD receive him into Eternal rest with the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY

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