2017-07-20 / Obituaries


Lorena Rutledge Nelson, 95, passed away July 22, 2017 at Canon Hospice in Gulfport, Miss.

The daughter of John Simeon “Sim” and Martha Magdalene “Mattie” Rutledge, Lorena was born May 24, 1922 in Nettlesboro. A resident of Thomasville for the majority of her life, Lorena was a member of the Thomasville Baptist Church and was very active in the TEL/Elect Ladies Sunday School Class.

Following graduation from Thomasville High School in 1940, Lorena worked for Dr. Hugh Underwood, Western Union and Bedsole’s Department Store prior to becoming a mother. A widow for the past 30 years, she and Elery married on June 20, 1942 and would have celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this year. She loved the people in her community and found great joy in doing for others.

Survivors include her son, John (Kathy) Nelson, Jackson; her daughter, Gaye (Richard) Nelson Goodwin, Gulfport, Miss.; her granddaughter, Kristi Stoker, Mobile and her great-granddaughter, Morgan Stoker, Mobile; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends who dearly loved her. If you were her friend, she considered you family.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, James Elery Nelson; seven siblings, Alpheus (Edna/Nell) Rutledge, Wynema (Gordon) Nelson, Holly (Kylie) Rutledge, Eppie (Earl) Sellers, Grady (Dorothy) Rutledge, Elvin (Winifred) Rutledge and an infant brother.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to those who have continually shared their love and laughter with their Mother. Whether you lifted her in prayer, sent cards, visited or called, you have been a special blessing to all of us, especially during these last few years. Special thanks to those caregivers who have become family and provided exceptional care. Your love, hugs, funny stories and concern for her welfare have truly been a blessing. We are eternally grateful to the staff of Garden Park Medical Center ER and Canon Hospice for their efforts to make Mother’s last few hours here on earth as painless for her as humanly possible. They showed great compassion for her and were extremely apologetic that they were not able to do more for her. As our loved one is laid to rest, we want to thank everyone who has walked beside us on this journey and continues to do so. We could not get through all of this without you.

The service will be July 26 at 12 noon at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville with Bro. Ty Parten officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Thomasville immediately afterward.

Memorials may be made to the Organ Fund at Thomasville Baptist Church.

Condolences may be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com.

O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville will direct.



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