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Mary Penny Nelson
  • The Pat Summitt Foundation
    625 Market Street, Suite 1400
    Knoxville, TN 37902

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“Penny , I thought the world of your mom. I saw her a lot at Evelyn's getting her done and we would chat. I know this is a great loss for you. You two...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Myra Myers Huffstetler - Chicago, IL

“Jimmy, please accept our condolences on your mother's passing. I remember her (and Doby) from when we were kids playing in the lot beside your house....Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Arthur and Marcy DeLozier - TN

“Love you guys and have lots of great memories of our family times together. Our parents were very close friends and I know today they are all sitting...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Kathy Wilson Maples - Maryville, TN

“Mamow I Love and will miss you. Thank You for making so many wonderful memories over the years. Love Stephanie ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Stephanie R Gill - Sharpsburg, GA

“Penny and Lou, We are so sorry to hear about your mom and so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayer and thoughts. If there's anything we can do...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Jackie and Susan (Pilkington) Lovingood - TN


Mary Penny Nelson went to her heavenly home on June 16, 2015 at the age of 93. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother as well as a member of Everett Hills Baptist Church. She was also a retired employee of Blount County Schools. Preceded in death by: husband, Howard "Doby" Nelson; parents, Larry & Mary Penny; sisters, Janet Alexander, Edith Beckwith, and Lottie Council. She is survived by her sisters, Betsy Penny and Helen Bullock. She is also survived by son and daughter-in-law, Steve & Dian Nelson; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Pat Nelson; daughter and son-in-law, Penny & Lou Bailey; grandchildren, Stephanie Gill, Stacie Castaneda, Shannon Nelson, Jaime Rasar and husband Jason, Brandi Adams and husband Jason, Zac Bailey, and Chad Bailey and wife Sarah; great-grandchildren, Cayman, Peyton, Megan, Channing, Rhett, Katie, Jay, Brody, Halle, and Jase. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Nelson's caregivers, Jaime and Jason Rasar. Family and friends will assemble for graveside service and interment at 11:00 AM, Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Grandview Cemetery with Rev. Brad Bryant officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: The Pat Summitt Foundation 520 W. Summit Hill Drive Suite 1101 Knoxville, TN 37902. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.