Steele, Barbara Jean Nelson age 75, of Knoxville, passed away Friday, June 6, 2014. Barbara was a member of Callahan Baptist Church and a 1956 graduate of East High School. She never met anyone she disliked, however, the love of her life was her husband (Ray), children, grandchildren and her church family. She loved the Lord and was always eager to share His love with others. She retired from Appalachian National Life. Later worked for American National Insurance Company, Whittle and Food City.
Preceded in death by parents, James Roy, Sr. and Salley Long Nelson; brothers, Haskel, J.W. and R. Franklin Nelson; stepson, Michael Steele; sisters, Gladys Giles and Reba Lunsford.
Survivors: husband of 41 years, Ray D. Steele; daughter and son-in-law, Angelina and Ed Dake; daughter, Lisa Day; daughter and son-in-law, Amenda and Matt Reid; brothers, Jim Nelson and Frazier Nelson; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Drinnen; grandchildren, Christina T. Vaulton, Randy Tindell, Lauren Day, Gregory Day, Sunny Poe and husband Matthew, Kailey Reid, Kyrie Reid and William (Will) Reid; 2 great-grandchildren; special friends, Kristen and Brenda Shumate; several nieces and nephews.
Many thanks go out to Callie and Lola. Their kind hearts are priceless. Also 2 very special friends Olivia (who gave her great joy during most difficult times) and Sweet Abbey. She thanked God everyday for the time spent with them.
Family and friends will meet 10:45 a.m. Monday at Sherwood Memorial Gardens for an 11:00 a.m. entombment service with Rev. Marc Sasser officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Serving the family, Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway.
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