Lavada Lee (Caddell) Stanfill age 84 of Oneida, Tennessee departed this life on May 13, 2023, at her home in Oneida, Tennessee after a lengthy illness. She was born in Alva, Kentucky in Harlan County in the Black Star Coal Camp community to the late James and Mary (Dishon) Caddell where her father worked for the Black Star Mining Company. When she was still a baby, her father moved the family to a working farm in the Wolf Creek area of Whitley County, Kentucky where she grew up. She was a fourth-generation family member to live and work on this farm which her paternal great grandfather had originally settled prior to the Civil War. She often remembered that her first real farm chore was the daily milking of the family dairy cow at the age of eight. She was never afraid of hard work, and until she was no longer able to due to illness, she grew beautiful flower and vegetable gardens around her home and canned or preserved the vegetables she grew. She seldom purchased flowers to grow, as she had the talent of propagating them from cuttings. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family, and she was a wonderful cook. In her later years, she enjoyed landscape photography. She had a creative eye, and her beautiful photographs decorated the walls of her home. She and her husband raised a family of five children. To help support her family, she worked as a teaching assistant for the Oneida Special School District where she retired after 35 years in 2002. She especially enjoyed teaching children to read. She served as a Sunday school teacher, taught the Baptist Girls in Action group, and served as the Cadet Girl Scout leader of Troop 181 in Oneida for many years. In her later years, she was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Oneida.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters along with their spouses: Kenneth (Nona) Caddell, Damon (Bernice) Caddell, Mack (Wilma) Caddell, Gail (Robert) Stout, James Caddell who never married and died young, and infant siblings Richard and Mary Louise; Brother-in-law Edward Brummett, and step grandson Derek Reul.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jay F. Stanfill, Sr. of Oneida. Five children and their spouses: Jay and Mari Stanfill of Chattanooga; Jeffrey and Joann Stanfill of Oliver Springs; Rebecca and Arthur Acres of Knoxville; Gail and Daniel Reul of Harrodsburg, Kentucky; and Andrew and Erin Stanfill of Osceola, Indiana. One sister: Wanda Brummett of Union, Kentucky. Fourteen grandchildren: Meredith (Trey) Smith; Heather (Jimmy) Holt; Rachel (Jordan) Bell; Josiah (Mariah) Stanfill; Michaela (Abbott) Mary; Denise (Holden) Reul; Hannah Haskins; Simon Louallen; Regan Edonmi; Joshua, Daniel, Asher, and Amelia Stanfill, and step grandson Deven Reul. Eight great-grandchildren: Edrye and Chelsea Smith; Delaina, Ella, and Cayson Holt; Bjorn and Sigrid Bell; and Liam Stanfill. Five nieces and nephews: Libby Caldwell, Melanie Brummett, Diane Purvis, Robert Stout, and Boyd Caddell as well as many other extended family members and friends. She is also survived by her trusty dog, Rusty Buddy, who seldom left her side during the last few years of her illness.
The family wishes to thank and acknowledge her excellent caregivers from the University of Tennessee hospice team along with private caregivers Lou Reed, and Etta Norris.
Friends may visit with the Stanfill family on Saturday, June 3, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. until time of services at 4:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Oneida with Dr. Doug White and Dr. Sean Lee officiating.
Jones & Son Funeral Home is serving the family of Lavada Lee (Caddell) Stanfill.
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