Phyllis Dent is the Clerk and Master at the Grundy County Courthouse. Raised in Franklin County, she moved to the mountain in 1975.
“I was not raised on the mountain, but I’ve lived here since 1975. I was born and raised in Decherd. I had great-grandparents who lived here in Grundy County; I can remember coming to visit as a child,” says Phyllis.
“My parents are Florence Stapleton Brinkley and Carson Brinkley, both deceased, We just lost my dad this past May. I have two sisters, three half-sisters and two brothers, one of which is deceased.
“I started elementary school in Hawkins County, and from there I went to Coffee County until third grade. We then moved back to Franklin County where I finished eighth grade.
“I attended Franklin County High School. I graduated as a Certified Public Administrator in 2001, from the University of Tennessee.
“I had great teachers all thru school. The one that stands out most would be Mrs. Flora Ruth Partin – in fact, I worked for her on weekends. I also stayed nights with her since her husband worked nights and she didn’t want to stay by herself.
“After school I married and moved to Chicago where my daughter Kimberly was born. She has my wonderful grandkids – Colton, a freshman at Motlow; Wyatt, a junior at FCHS; and Katherine, an eighth grader at Cowan. They live in Cowan.
“I remarried in 1975 to Fritz Mayes, and our son Matthew was born in 1977. He is single, and lives in Nashville.
“We lost Fritz in 1995. He was Clerk and Master from 1973 to 1995. I was appointed in 1995, and am currently the Clerk and Master of Grundy County, a position which I am very proud to hold. I have worked in the office since 1981.
“It’s a good feeling to be able to help people who come into our office. My co-workers are truly family and I love them.
“In 2000, I married a wonderful man, Tim Dent. He likes to go to car shows and visit family and friends.
“I could not live in a place any better than this mountain. The people are the best neighbors and care for those in need like nowhere else I know. This mountain is my home and I love it here. It’s God’s land.”
In her free time, Phyllis enjoys travel, yard work, walking with her two dogs, and especially genealogy.
“Something people may not know about me, I’m the oldest of my siblings, and they let me know it, but I love them. They seem like my kids.”