Jewell Phillips, age 86, of the Highpoint Community in Oneida, TN passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the Summit View Nursing Home in Rocky Top, TN. Born in Scott County, TN on December 11, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Daisy Phillips of the Highpoint Community.
As a young girl, Jewell attended Low Gap Baptist Church where she accepted Christ as her Savior. In later years, she enjoyed watching the televised services from First Baptist Church in Huntsville, TN, Bro. Kevin Terry pastor. Jewell began her working career soon after high school at the former Cooper’s Drug Store in Oneida. She also worked for a short time at the former Scott County Hospital in Oneida. She will be remembered most as a cashier at Scott Foods, Inc. in Oneida. She later retired as office manager at Food City. Her career in the grocery business lasted nearly 40 years. Jewell has always enjoyed getting together with family and friends with snacks and crafting for hours. She was a member of the Red Hats Society. Those meetings were also something that she always looked forward to. She loved spending time with her “littles” Ezekiel, Erin, and Ryker. They brought a true bright spot to her day. She always looked forward to their visits.
In addition to her parents, Jewell is preceded in death by her brother, James Phillips; two nephews, Dewayne Phillips and Garland Keith Phillips.
She is survived by her only daughter, Cathy Day and husband Gary of Oneida; grandson, Daniel Day and wife Christina; great grandson, Ezekiel Day; two step-great grandsons, Alex and Izek Wilson, all of Somerset, KY; three great nephews, Wesley Byrge and fiancée Sonya Thomas of Mims, FL, Eric Byrge and wife Crystal, and Howard York, all of the Highpoint Community; special niece, Elaine Byrge and husband John of Helenwood, TN; two great-nieces, Tonja Draughn of Helenwood, TN and Teresa York of the Highpoint Community; two great-great nieces, Katie Byrge (children: Erin and Ryker) and fiancé Justin Massey (children: Elijah and Noah), all of Pioneer, TN and Ashley Byrge and fiancé Adam Chambers of Helenwood, TN; one great-great nephew, Damean Byrge of Highpoint; sister-in-law, Elsie Phillips, of whom she considered a sister. Jewell is also survived by special friends, Frieda Seabolt who also served as her caregiver, Sue Lamb, Janise Martin, and Jean Claiborne; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may visit with the Phillips family on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 6 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 7 p.m. in the chapel of West-Murley Funeral Home with Bro. Kevin Terry and Bro. Jamie Byrd officiating. Music will be provided by Jamie and Toni Byrd.
Committal service will be on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. in the Orick Family Cemetery in the Low Gap Community. Pallbearers will be: Steve Phillips, Doug Goss, Dennis Terry, John Byrge, Jamie Byrd, and Eddie Honeycutt. Honorary pallbearers will be: Eric Byrge, Aubrey Phillips, and Wm. Paul Phillips.
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