Phillip Wade Luster

September 6, 2019

Born in: Vincenza, Italy
Resided in: Elizabethton, TN

Phillip Wade Luster, 56, of Elizabethton, died Friday, September 6, 2019 at his residence. He was born in Vincenza, Italy, to Ira Talmadge, Jr. and Esther Leona Stidham Luster, while Ira served in the U. S. Army.

He was a retired Regulatory Compliance Manager for Smith-Higgins which later became AmerisourceBergen, Company.

Phillip was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

He was in the first graduating class of Sullivan South High School in 1981. He attended UT and graduated from ETSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Phillip was a fan of obscure YouTube videos, loved bad Dad jokes and was traumatized by York Peppermint patties in his youth.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by: his wife, Lisa Yonkey Luster of the home; three children, Dalton (Katie) Luster, Christine (Cain McWalters) Luster and William (Kayla) Luster; three grandchildren, Owen, Kassidy and Kollins; one brother, Greg (Jill) Luster and one sister, Lisa (Steve) Tallman; several nieces, nephews and cousins; his beloved dog, Bailey.

There will be a celebration of life on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Wesley United Methodist Church at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall under the direction of Rev. Gerald Casson.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 (800) 638-8299.


Celebration of Life: September 15, 2019 2:00 pm

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

Johnson City, Tennessee

Room: Fellowship Hall

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Phillip Wade Luster's name.

American Kidney Fund

11921 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
https://[email protected]/

Memories Timeline


  1. Crystal (Conant) Mitchell says:

    Praying for you and your family!

  2. Karen Blick says:


  3. Vaughn & Teresa Montgomery says:

    Luster family, We were saddened to hear of Phillips passing. We are so sorry for your loss. We
    lift up prayers for you during this difficult time.

    Vaughn, Teresa, Rachel, Sara Montgomery

  4. Margaret Cowden Hurd says:

    Esther, I am so sorry for your loss. May God put his loving arms around you & Ira and give you peace.

  5. Rhonda Reeves and Philip Wright says:

    Lisa – Philip and I were so saddened to learn about Phillip’s passing. We had a lot of fun in the days at Smith-Higgins and I’m so sorry that your life with him was cut short! Please
    Know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Sandy & Jim Roller says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with all of the family, We love you all.

  7. Kathy Matera says:

    Lisa, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that you and your family find peace in each other. Huge hugs to you all.

  8. Merle and Ann Klepper says:

    Lots of love and prayers!

  9. kay Goins says:

    My love and prayers go out to you Ira and Esther. Praying the Lord will give you peace and comfort at this difficult time… Love all of you..

  10. Sandra and Tom Luster says:

    To Lisa and all of Phillips family, please know you have our heartfelt sympathies and love.

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