Iva Mae Lavender Phillips, age 66, of Oneida, TN, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 after a lengthy illness. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Oneida.
Iva retired as Administrative Manager of the District Attorney General’s Office for the 8th Judicial District, was a former editor of the Morgan County News, and graduated from Sunbright High School as Valedictorian in 1969. As a nontraditional student, she earned degrees from the University of Tennessee (B.A.) and Tennessee Technological University (M.A.) with high honors.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ivan M. Lavender of Deer Lodge, TN.
Iva is survived by her husband: Wm. Paul Phillips of Oneida; her son and daughter-in-law: Will and Sarah Phillips of Sharps Chapel; beloved twin grandchildren: Everett and Evelyn; her mother: Pearl Lavender of Deer Lodge; her brother: David and wife Jane Lavender of Kingston; her sisters: Ginny and husband Johnny Pemberton of Lancing, Helen and husband Wes Pemberton of Crossville, Bonnie Lavender of Lancing, and Annabell and husband Jimmy Robbins of Jacksonville, FL; her sister and brothers-in-law, Lynda and Johan Madson of Cary, NC, Tom and Dorothy Phillips of Oneida, Steve and Gina Phillips of Oneida, and Gary Phillips of Oneida; her nephews and nieces: James and wife Susanne Pemberton of Lancing, Jennifer and husband Larry Smarsh of Sunbright, Jody and husband Lester Strunk of Oneida, Johan P. Madson and wife Anne Hayes of Greensboro, NC, Marinda and husband Brad Crochet of Cary, NC, Lori and husband Phillip Jones of Oneida, Wade and wife Ginger Phillips of Knoxville, Stephen Phillips of Oneida, Jonathan Phillips of Oneida, Christian Phillips of Oneida, and Robyn Phillips of Chattanooga; her great-nephews and great-nieces: Jonathan Smarsh of Sunbright, Rachel and husband Ryan Human of Deer Lodge, Jayden and Jordan Pemberton of Lancing, Even and Gabe Crochet of Cary, NC, Alex and Claire Jones of Oneida, Anderson and Amelia Phillips of Knoxville, and Brennan and Sawyer Phillips of Oneida; her beloved nurse: Tabi Smith; and her best friends Marsha Swain, Tracey Orick, and Milford Sexton.
The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church (201 S. Main St., Oneida, TN 37841) on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Randy Pressnell officiating.
The family will gather at Jones and Son Funeral Home on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. to proceed to Cooper Memorial Gardens (3301 Coopertown Rd, Oneida) at New Haven Baptist Church for burial at 11:00 a.m.
Pallbearers for Iva will be John W. Tate, Mike Swain, Al Lay, Johnny Pemberton, James Pemberton, Larry Smarsh, Jonathon Smarsh, and Milford Sexton. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Kline, and Joe Fields.
In-Lieu-of-Flowers: donations in memory of Iva may be made to the Iva L. Phillips Scholarship Fund, Roane State Foundation, 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, TN 37748-5011.
Jones & Son Funeral Home is serving the family of Iva Mae Lavender Phillips.