Norvell D Phelps (1907 - 1999)

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Norvell D Phelps
1907 - 1999
August 24, 1907
Madison Heights, Virginia, USA in Madison Heights, Amherst County, Virginia United States 24572
July 9, 1999
Lynchburg, Virginia United States
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Norvell Davis Phelps
Norvell D Phelps was born on August 24, 1907 at Madison Heights, Virginia, USA, Madison Heights, Virginia United States. He died on July 9, 1999 in Lynchburg, Virginia United States at age 91.
Updated: August 5, 2022
Norvell D. Phelps was born to John William Phelps (1875 - 1971) and Maggie May Davis (1877 - 1965), and had siblings Thelma, Hallie, John Gordon Phelps, and Joseph Isaac Phelps. According to the 1920 federal census, Norvell was twelve years old and living with his parents John who was forty five and Maggie May who was forty two in Elon, Virginia. Also in the household were siblings Hallie (17), John (14), Joseph (7) and Ruth (2). His father John was a farmer and the only one reported working in the household. Twenty years later, the 1940 federal census reports that Norvel Phelps was 31 years old and living with his wife Evelyn (29) and daughters Miriam (3) and Joan (5 1/2) in a rented house in Langley Field, Virginia. Norvel stated that he had completed the 8th grade, and was a staff sergeant. On his World War II draft registration card dated June 27, 1944, Norvell was 36 years old and lived in Tampa Florida. He was unemployed after recently having been discharged from the Army. He was 6 feet 1 inch, weighed 170 pounds, had brown eyes and brown hair, and a ruddy complexion. His listed his wife Evelyn as his next of kin. In the 1950 federal census, Norvell was 41 and living with his 39 year old wife Evelyn and two daughters - 13 year old Miriam, and 10 year old Joan, in Craven, North Carolina. At the time Norvell was an aircraft inspector for the United States Marine Corps. Little is known about Norvell from 1950 until his death on July 9th 1999. He is buried in Fort Hill Memorial Park in Lynchburg Virginia and on his headstone it reads ""THERE IS NONE CAN SAVE: SAVE THEE, O LORD"
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Norvell Davis Phelps
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Norvell Phelps was born on at Madison Heights, Virginia, USA in Madison Heights, Amherst County, Virginia United States 24572
Norvell Phelps died on in Lynchburg, Virginia United States
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Fort Hill Memorial Park 5196 Fort Ave, in Lynchburg, Virginia United States 24502
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Norvell was born in Madison Heights, Virginia and died in Lynchburg, Virginia. He and his family lived in Florida in 1945.


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Norvell was an aircraft inspector for the United States Marine Corps. He was a staff sergeant in the military.

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Norvell D Phelps died on July 9, 1999 in Lynchburg, Virginia United States at 91 years old. he was buried in Fort Hill Memorial Park, Lynchburg, Virginia United States. He was born on August 24, 1907 at Madison Heights, Virginia, USA, Madison Heights, Virginia United States. We have no information about Norvell's immediate family.

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In 1907, in the year that Norvell D Phelps was born, radiometric dating, a recently discovered technology that could date rocks, found that the earth was 2.2 billion years old which was dramatically older than previously thought. Later refinements and advancements in science would date the age of the earth at over 4.5 billion years.

In 1920, he was just 13 years old when the Volstead Act became law. Formally called the National Prohibition Act, the Volstead Act enabled law enforcement agencies to carry out the 18th Amendment. It said that "no person shall manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, or furnish any intoxicating liquor except as authorized by this act" and defined intoxicating liquor as any beverage containing more than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

In 1938, when he was 31 years old, on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1960, when he was 53 years old, on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1982, by the time he was 75 years old, on June 30th, time ran out on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Amendment had only received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. First sent to the states in 1972, the Amendment stated that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex".

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