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Nelda Joy Phillips, 77

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2024 at 1:57 pm

“When you are looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”

On May 26, Nelda Joy Phillips, age 77, of Jasper, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by her loved ones. Born on May 4, 1947, in Chattanooga, TN, to James Edward Long and Joyce “Punk” Winona Long. She was a proud graduate of Grundy County High School, class of 1965. Nelda was loved by many and respected in her profession as an Artist creating beautiful primitive arts she shipped across the globe with her home business Plum Nellie Primitives. She was the best COOK, gardener, wife, Mom and Nannie. She was a kind, patient and sensitive woman who loved God’s creatures especially her family. She was the glue that held the family together and was so generous with her time, advice, and unconditional love.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Herschel Brian Phillips Sr., her son, Herschel Brian Phillips Jr. (Nichole Phillips), her daughter, Heather Joy Phillips Yother (Scott Yother), her five grandchildren she adored, Caitlyn Elizabeth Phillips Henderson (Joey Henderson), Sydney Reese Phillips, Jack Henry Phillips, Jacob Brian Friant, Zachary Robert Friant, her brother, James Douglas Long (Kathy Long), niece Sheena Kay Long Thomas (Joey Thomas), sisters-n-law, Linda (Sherman) Barnett, Rebecca (Doug) Dalrymple, and Marygrace Boyd, nieces Kelly Coffman, Haley Dalrymple  and Annie Frances Boyd, nephews, Will Barnett, Gideon Barnett and Caleb Barnett, dear friends, Brenda Condra, and Dr. Ronald E. Calhoun.

A graveside service will be held for family and friends on Tuesday, May 28, at 3 p.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery, 243 Mel Dixon Lane, Jasper, TN, officiating will be Pastor Greg Steele. The family will visit with friends at the cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joey Henderson, Sherman Barnett, Jack Phillips, Jacob Friant, Zach Friant, and Jimmy Long. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Marion County Community Ministries Food Bank, 141 Alabama Ave, Jasper, TN, 37347.

Arrangements are entrusted to Rogers Funeral Home, 21 East Fifth Street, Jasper, TN (423) 942-2682.

The Marion Tribune – May 30, 2024