Maryville City councilman Ron Ivens succumbed to a long fight with cancer early Tuesday morning at his home in West Maryville.
The 74-year-old had a long and distinguished career in real estate, as a public servant and also as a philanthropist. He first won election to the Maryville City Council in 1999 and had served since then. Illness took a toll on him recently and. although he missed several council meetings, he attended a meeting in early spring.
Ivens also represented the council on the planning commission and was a member of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce. He was past president of the Maryville/Alcoa Home Builders Association and the Blount County Real Estate Board. He also served as state director of the Tennessee Realtor’s Association.
In 2003 he started the Maryville Children’s Fund in 2003 to assist families and students in need. Through his fundraising efforts needy students are given such necessities as clothing or glasses to help them excel in the classroom.
Ivens was survived by his wife Judy Dunn Ivens; three sons, Taylor Ivens, Shawn Ivens and Mark Ivens, all of Maryville, five grandchildren, sisters and brothers Geneva Ivens Reno, Onibe Ivens Logan, Wenford Ivens, Bobby Ivens and Mickie Ivens Rudder; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Maryville First Baptist Church with a memorial service following at 7 p.m.
Dr. John Sharp, pastor of first Baptist Church, will officiate. Maryville Mayor Joe Swann, former Mayor Steve West and former city manager Gary Hensley will deliver eulogies.
The body is at Bierely-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville.