Ima Elvesta Murphy was born January 5, 1935 in Lutts, Tennessee, the daughter of the late James Thomas (Jimmie) and Susan A. Rich Gillis. Mrs. Murphy departed this life on April 10, 2021 at Waynesboro Health and Rehabilitation Center in Waynesboro, Tennessee at the age of 86 Years, 3 Months, 5 Days. She was a member of the Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church, a long time resident of Collinwood, TN and retired from Angelica Manufacturing.
She is survived by son, Darrell Wade Murphy and wife Debbie of Waynesboro, TN; granddaughter, Melody Murphy of Columbia, TN; sister, Laveda Murphy of Waynesboro, TN; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; plus her cats, which she loved.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Murphy was preceded in death by G.W. Murphy (father of her son); brothers, Ira, Coy, and James Gillis; sisters, Irene Gillis, Lora Bevis, and Iva Nora Bratton.
Services will be held on April 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Shackelford Funeral Directors at Collinwood in Collinwood, Tennessee, with Greg Eaton, Stephen Stults officiating. Burial will follow in the Piney Grove Cemetery at Cypress Inn, Tennessee. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 14 from 10:00 am till 1:00 pm service time with Shackelford Funeral Directors assisting the family.
Pallbearers include Evan Threet, Sonny Bratton, Alex Murphy, Blake Keeton, Derek Keeton, Chaston Bratton, and Austin Kephart.
The family requests guests wear face masks and practice social distancing.