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Nellie Eugene Grady Willis, age 70, passed away at Lafayette Nursing Home on July 18, 2017. She was born on March 6, 1947 in Lenoir County, Kinston, North Carolina to the late Charles William Grady and Wray Eugene Withrow Grady.
Nellie Eugene attended B.F. Grady School until the family moved to Florida in 1956, where she attended both Clayland School and Suwannee High School. She became a CNA and half of a LPN degree at Suwannee Votec in Live Oak. She worked for many years at the Advent Christian Nursing Home where she trained new CNA students. She retired at age 60 from Lafayette Nursing Home. Her favorite pass time was fishing in the Suwannee River and taking care of grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Charles William Grady & Wray Eugene Withrow Grady, one brother: William Sippio Grady and one sister: Ellner Jane Grady Kowitz. Survivors include one sister: Bivian Ann Grady Howell (Murl Howell), son: James Andrew Tillman; daughters: Wanda Lee Tillman Barrs (Amy Elizabeth Barrs) Thelma Jean Willis; two grandchildren: Katie C. Jeffries, Arron L. Jeffries; great-grandchildren: Ruth Elizabeth Alford, Jordyn Leigh Alford, Link Arlo Guthrie, Hunter James Alford; niece: Lollie Ann Howell Olive (Gary Olive) ; great niece: Jessica N. Olive; two nephews: Dale J. Kowitz, Charles H. Kowitz; step-children: Jimmy Willis, Kendall Willis, Les Willis, Lee Willis and Cleve Willis. Interment will be held in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.
Please sign the guestbook at www.danielsfuneralhome.com.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Live Oak & Branford, FL in charge of arrangements.
Published on July 20, 2017
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