Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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John Ivie Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

In moving forward with the third generation of family, John Ivie has assumed most of the day-to-day responsibilities at Ivie Funeral Home. John joined his parents in 2006 after receiving his Mortuary Science degree from Fayetteville Technical College. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in North Carolina and Georgia and also holds an insurance license. He is also a crematory operator. John is a native of Cherokee County and a graduate of Murphy High School. He is married to Victoria Clark and has a daughter, Harper, and a son, Clark. He attends Grape Creek Baptist Church and is a member of Gideons International and the Cherokee Masonic Lodge No. 146.

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Victoria Ivie Licensed Funeral Director

Victoria Ivie is a licensed funeral director for Ivie Funeral Home. She is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee and graduated from Washington & Jefferson College. Victoria is the granddaughter of Joan Dockery and the late Floyd Dockery. She is married to John Ivie and has a daughter, Harper, and son, Clark. She attends Grape Creek Baptist Church. She is a college volleyball referree and enjoys quilting. 

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Grier Ivie Owner/ Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

After more than 40 years in the funeral business, Grier Ivie is the most experienced Funeral Director in the area and is available to meet with families when necessary. He is also a licensed Embalmer and insurance agent. Grier is a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County and graduated from Murphy High School and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas. He is a lifetime member of Murphy First Baptist Church where he served as the Chairman of the Deacons. Grier is a member and past president of the Murphy Rotary Club. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors at Nantahala Bank. Grier feels as if his biggest accomplishment for the community was providing a modern funeral home facility to serve our local people. Grier is married to Pat Harper and they have four children and twelve grandchildren.

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Pat Ivie Owner/ Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Pat Ivie has made up the other half of Ivie Funeral Home for more than 40 years. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, also graduating from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas.  Pat was raised in Murphy and later graduated from Osborne High School in Marietta, Georgia. She is a member of Murphy First Baptist Church where she serves on the Personnel Committee. Pat serves on the Board of Directors at Nantahala Bank. Pat has four children and twelve grandchildren.

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Travis Morrow Funeral Director and Embalmer Apprentice

Travis Morrow joined the staff of Ivie Funeral Home in January of 2018. Travis was born and raised in Cherokee County and graduated from Hiwassee Dam High School. He is currently attending Fayetteville Technical College. He married Tracie Sherlin in 2006. Travis and his wife have three children, Stephen, Taryn, and Aidan. He enjoys fishing. Travis loves music and spending time with his family.

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Stephanie James Licensed Funeral Director and Insurance Agent

Stephanie James has been a full-time employee of Ivie Funeral Home since 1984. She is a licensed Funeral Director and insurance agent. Stephanie was born in South Florida, but has lived in Murphy since 1979. She graduated from Murphy High School and Tri-County Community College. She earned her Mortuary Science degree from Fayetteville Technical College. Stephanie is a member of Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church. Stephanie loves the outdoors and home improvement projects. She is married to Edwin and has two step-children and five grandchildren.

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Renee Deweese Office Staff

Renee began working for Ivie Funeral Home in 2020. She is a retired school teacher and is currently studying to become a licensed funeral director. Renee is a member of the Murphy Rotary Club. 

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Tom York Funeral Assistant

Tom York has been employed with Ivie Funeral Home since 2014. Tom was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, but has lived in Murphy since 1974. Tom retired as a hardware salesman from House-Hasson Hardware Company in Knoxville. He is a member of the Murphy First United Methodist Church.  Tom's wife is Sandi, and he has one daughter and three grandchildren.

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John Bandy Event Coordinator

John Bandy is now our event coordinator after working with the Ivie Funeral Home for many years as a funeral attendant. He is now a licensed insurance agent. A native and lifetime resident of our area who graduated from Robbinsville High School and Western Carolina University, John served in the United States Navy and is a Vietnam veteran serving on the USS Sheldrake as Operations Officer and Hydrographic Officer and is currently a member of Amercian Legion Post 532. John retired after 30 years with Tri-County Community College as Dean of Academic and Student Development. He is a member of Notla Baptist Church. He is very active with the Gideons International serving currently as Chaplain. John is married to Sally and has two sons and four grandchildren.

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Clayton Cornwell Maintenance and Groundskeeper

Clayton Cornwell has been working with Ivie Funeral Home since 2007. A native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County, Clayton attends the Peachtree Church of Christ. His wife is Carissa and he has two sons. Clayton had previously helped coach the Murphy Midget football team.

 

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Rocky Holloway Maintenance and Groundskeeper

Rocky has been with Ivie Funeral Home since 2018. He is a graduate of Andrews High School. Rocky enjoys working on cars and fishing. He is an avid Georgia Bulldog fan.

John Ivie

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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In moving forward with the third generation of family, John Ivie has assumed most of the day-to-day responsibilities at Ivie Funeral Home. John joined his parents in 2006 after receiving his Mortuary Science degree from Fayetteville Technical College. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in North Carolina and Georgia and also holds an insurance license. He is also a crematory operator. John is a native of Cherokee County and a graduate of Murphy High School. He is married to Victoria Clark and has a daughter, Harper, and a son, Clark. He attends Grape Creek Baptist Church and is a member of Gideons International and the Cherokee Masonic Lodge No. 146.

Victoria Ivie

Licensed Funeral Director
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Victoria Ivie is a licensed funeral director for Ivie Funeral Home. She is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee and graduated from Washington & Jefferson College. Victoria is the granddaughter of Joan Dockery and the late Floyd Dockery. She is married to John Ivie and has a daughter, Harper, and son, Clark. She attends Grape Creek Baptist Church. She is a college volleyball referree and enjoys quilting. 

Grier Ivie

Owner/ Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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After more than 40 years in the funeral business, Grier Ivie is the most experienced Funeral Director in the area and is available to meet with families when necessary. He is also a licensed Embalmer and insurance agent. Grier is a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County and graduated from Murphy High School and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas. He is a lifetime member of Murphy First Baptist Church where he served as the Chairman of the Deacons. Grier is a member and past president of the Murphy Rotary Club. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors at Nantahala Bank. Grier feels as if his biggest accomplishment for the community was providing a modern funeral home facility to serve our local people. Grier is married to Pat Harper and they have four children and twelve grandchildren.

Pat Ivie

Owner/ Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Pat Ivie has made up the other half of Ivie Funeral Home for more than 40 years. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, also graduating from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas.  Pat was raised in Murphy and later graduated from Osborne High School in Marietta, Georgia. She is a member of Murphy First Baptist Church where she serves on the Personnel Committee. Pat serves on the Board of Directors at Nantahala Bank. Pat has four children and twelve grandchildren.

Travis Morrow

Funeral Director and Embalmer Apprentice
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Travis Morrow joined the staff of Ivie Funeral Home in January of 2018. Travis was born and raised in Cherokee County and graduated from Hiwassee Dam High School. He is currently attending Fayetteville Technical College. He married Tracie Sherlin in 2006. Travis and his wife have three children, Stephen, Taryn, and Aidan. He enjoys fishing. Travis loves music and spending time with his family.

Stephanie James

Licensed Funeral Director and Insurance Agent
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Stephanie James has been a full-time employee of Ivie Funeral Home since 1984. She is a licensed Funeral Director and insurance agent. Stephanie was born in South Florida, but has lived in Murphy since 1979. She graduated from Murphy High School and Tri-County Community College. She earned her Mortuary Science degree from Fayetteville Technical College. Stephanie is a member of Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church. Stephanie loves the outdoors and home improvement projects. She is married to Edwin and has two step-children and five grandchildren.

Renee Deweese

Office Staff
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Renee began working for Ivie Funeral Home in 2020. She is a retired school teacher and is currently studying to become a licensed funeral director. Renee is a member of the Murphy Rotary Club. 

Tom York

Funeral Assistant
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Tom York has been employed with Ivie Funeral Home since 2014. Tom was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, but has lived in Murphy since 1974. Tom retired as a hardware salesman from House-Hasson Hardware Company in Knoxville. He is a member of the Murphy First United Methodist Church.  Tom's wife is Sandi, and he has one daughter and three grandchildren.

John Bandy

Event Coordinator
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John Bandy is now our event coordinator after working with the Ivie Funeral Home for many years as a funeral attendant. He is now a licensed insurance agent. A native and lifetime resident of our area who graduated from Robbinsville High School and Western Carolina University, John served in the United States Navy and is a Vietnam veteran serving on the USS Sheldrake as Operations Officer and Hydrographic Officer and is currently a member of Amercian Legion Post 532. John retired after 30 years with Tri-County Community College as Dean of Academic and Student Development. He is a member of Notla Baptist Church. He is very active with the Gideons International serving currently as Chaplain. John is married to Sally and has two sons and four grandchildren.

Clayton Cornwell

Maintenance and Groundskeeper
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Clayton Cornwell has been working with Ivie Funeral Home since 2007. A native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County, Clayton attends the Peachtree Church of Christ. His wife is Carissa and he has two sons. Clayton had previously helped coach the Murphy Midget football team.

 

Rocky Holloway

Maintenance and Groundskeeper
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Rocky has been with Ivie Funeral Home since 2018. He is a graduate of Andrews High School. Rocky enjoys working on cars and fishing. He is an avid Georgia Bulldog fan.