Adonia Louise Phillips

September 14, 1952April 26, 2019

Phillips, Adonia Louise, age 66, passed away Friday, April 26th after an intense 3 year battle with cancer. Adonia was retired from KUB, where she was employed for 37 years. During these years Adonia, much like her mother and father, Harold and Betty, loved learning new things. She strived to learn as many jobs as possible at KUB. She carried this over into her personal life by learning to make and paint porcelain and ceramics, design and make jewelry, design the patterns and paint on silk and wool fabric. She became a licensed private investigator and learned to be a court mediator for children. Adonia was an avid animal rescuer and protector and will be missed by the critters she showered love and attention on.

Adonia's generous spirit and sense of humor will be greatly missed by partner, Bill O'Donnell, Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Suzie and a long list of cousins.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Adonia's name to Feral Felines of East Tennessee or any other animal rescue group you choose.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:30 pm on Saturday, May 4th in the Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy, with a Memorial Service to follow at 6:30 pm. Service officiated by Pastor Eric Hines.


  • Receiving of friends Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 4, 2019


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Karen Menczer

May 9, 2019

Adonia and I had never met, but through my organization, Animal-Kind International, we knew each other and became friends. She was a kind, thoughtful, generous donor on behalf of the Phillips' family. We emailed, we wrote letters, we communicated through Facebook, and I believe we felt close to each other because of our mutual care for animals-that went beyond state and national borders. I am so sad to have lost someone whose input I valued and whose ideas were always well thought out and helpful.

Bari Gerbig

May 1, 2019

I co-mediated with Adonia as a volunteer with the Community Mediation Center. I will miss working with her. May I extend my sincere sympathy and prayers to her family.