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Posted 2016-05-16T17:53:58Z


Valerie Lattimore Phillips, 38, of Nashville, TN died Friday, May 13, 2016 at home with her family following a courageous battle with cancer.

All who knew Valerie loved her fiercely. Her focus throughout her life was on her Faith, Family and Friends. A kind-hearted, selfless and humble wife, mother, daughter and friend, she was always quick to forgive. She was a quiet presence no matter the chaos that might surround her and provided peace in the storms for so many during her life. Through the battles with cancer and deaths of her brother and her father to her own diagnosis and fight with the disease, her faith never wavered. She knew who held her future in His hands and was continually aware of the many blessings in her life. She demonstrated her fierce love for her family and friends through her actions, thoughts and concerns, even during her final days. She leaves a legacy of gentleness, love and devotion that has forever changed the lives she touched.

Born on February 7, 1978 to Robert Lee, Jr. & Jane Pair Lattimore, Valerie spent her early years in Copperhill, Tennessee near her father’s family home. In 1983, the family moved to South Pittsburg, Tennessee where she was a faithful member of the South Pittsburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

She graduated as Valedictorian of South Pittsburg High School in 1996. Valerie continued her education at Tennessee Technological University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2001. She was also in the honors program and was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity.

While at Tech, Valerie met and fell in love with the man who would become her husband, Davy Phillips. They married in September of 2001 and made their home in Nashville. Their work with Dell took them briefly to live and work in North Carolina then back to Nashville.

Following the birth of their daughter, Elaina Rosalee, Valerie chose to selflessly put her career on hold and become a full-time stay-at-home mother. For those who had the pleasure of seeing Valerie be a mother, it was obvious how much she loved being Elaina’s mom.

Following her diagnosis in October 2015, Valerie joined Gilda’s Club in Nashville and found a support community that was invaluable to her during her illness.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Lee Lattimore, Jr.; brother, Robert Lee Lattimore, III; grandparents, Wayne & Harriet Baumgartner Pair and Robert Lee “Bob” and Mary Agnes “Mayme” Arp Lattimore.

Valerie is survived by her husband, Davy and daughter, Elaina of Nashville; mother, Jane Pair Lattimore of South Pittsburg, TN; aunt, Sandra (Alex) Noble of Brentwood, TN; uncle, Chris Pair of Nashville; mother-in-law, Gale Qualls of Cookeville, TN; father-in-law, Donny (Kathleen) Phillips of Gallatin, TN; sister-in-law, Tracy Gentry; nephews and niece, Austin, Wade and Abby Gentry; grandmother-in-law, Pauline Wilson all of Cookeville, TN; several cousins and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 4:30 – 7:30 pm on Monday, May 16, 2016 at West End United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted at the South Pittsburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 3:00 pm Central time on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 with visitation from 12:00 pm until service time at the church. A private burial will follow the service.

As an alternative to flowers, those wishing to send a tribute in memory of Valerie are asked to consider making a donation to Gilda’s Club in Nashville, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the South Pittsburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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