Nelle Jarrell Dyer, 91, of Morristown was carried to her heavenly home (Luke 16:22) on October 10, 2018. Born in Greene County, TN in 1927, she was a member of the now rapidly dwindling generation known as The Greatest Generation. Too young to enlist in military service during World War II, she was proud to have served her country in another capacity: working at the Pentagon during her high school summer breaks to help process and fingerprint military officers prior to their overseas deployment. Her adult professional career spanned several decades in Morristown as a teller for Hamilton Bank, Bank of Commerce, and SunTrust Bank. She was a member of Morristown’s First United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Dyer was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Dyer; parents, Jackson and Edith (Ragan) Jarrell; and sisters, Ruth Murray and Pauline Stroud. She is survived by her children, Leslie O. (Larry) Kelley of Morristown, and Russell (Sheila) Ooten of Greeneville; grandchildren, Whitney (Wesley) DeBord of Kingsport and Scott (LaTosha) Robertson of Morristown; and great-grandchildren, Jack and Sam DeBord, Cannon Morgan, and Cadler and Camaryss Robertson. She was “Aunt Nelle” to a host of nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to recognize the superb caregivers who have traveled the Road of Dementia with us since 2010. These people have exhibited tender care, heartfelt compassion, and admirable patience while ministering to our loved one. Our sincere gratitude to Dr. Rajeev Gupta and his staff, Patti Dalton, Ginger Cole, Susan Taylor, the wonderful staffs of Brookdale, Dewitt Place, and Life Care Center of Morristown, First Responders of the City of Morristown, and the Staff of Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 4that First United Methodist Church from 2 – 4pm followed by a Committal to the Earth Service in the church’s Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers and in accordance with Mrs. Dyer’s wishes, the family requests donations in her memory be made to Daily Bread Community Kitchen, 118 South Cumberland Street, Morristown, TN 37814 or to First United Methodist Church, 101 E First North Street, Morristown, TN 37814.
Arrangements entrusted to Allen Funeral Home of Morristown.