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Berry Highland South

9010 Simpson RD, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Nanabelle B Flynn

June 17, 1923July 8, 2020
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Nanabelle Baker Flynn, 97, surrounded by her loving family at home went to heaven on July 8, 2020. She was born June 17, 1923, in Louisville, Kentucky, while her dad was in seminary. She told many stories of her early childhood while in Kentucky. For example, since her dad was is seminary, he supplemented his income by working at the Ford Motor Company and preaching the gospel. In the winter her mother would warm blankets on the coal stove and place them around Nanabelle and her brothers as the family rode in a Model T to various churches. Her family returned to Knoxville when she was 11 years old. She was a 1941-B graduate of Knoxville High School and later graduated from Knoxville Business College. During her life she faced many challenges: she grew up in the Great Depression; she lived through WWll when her brother Warren was a POW in a German prison camp; and she lost her husband, the love of her life, to cancer at age 51. She faced every hardship, however, with grace and strength, and always remained faithful to her Lord. Nanabelle loved Dollywood where she watched her favorite gospel group the Kingdom Heirs. After twenty-five years of service, she retired from State Testing, located on the University of Tennessee campus where she attended every home football game until she was 92. A beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was the matriarch of her family. She had a gift of making everyone feel special with her sweet smile and sparkling eyes. Known to her nieces and nephews as Aunt Belle, she was always asked to bring her chicken and dumplings and chocolate pies to every family gathering. A member of Valley Grove Baptist Church for 66 years, she loved attending Sunday School and worship services and did so for as long as she was able. Preceded in death by her husband, Wallace J. Flynn Jr.; her parents Rev. A.F. and Gertrude Tarwater Baker; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Dott and Susie Baker, Warren and Helen Baker; sisters, Artha and Carolyn. Survived by her daughter, Diane (Joe) Rutherford; son, Eddie (Forinda) Flynn; daughter, Elaine (Mark) Heinrich; son, Wayne (Pat) Flynn; grandchildren, Jay (Marlo) Wright, Brandon (Lindsay) Flynn, Tara (Sam) Hinson, Ashli (Jason) Smith, Brad (Jessi) Flynn; great-grandchildren, Wes and Sam Wright, Isabel Smith, Hayden Flynn, Savannah Jessee, Elyza and Gavyn Flynn; brother-in-law Ralph Armstrong; and several special nieces and nephews and great and great-great nieces and nephews. The family will Receive Friends at Valley Grove Baptist Church on Saturday, July 11th from 4:00-6:00 pm. Funeral Service will begin at 6:00 pm, with Rev. Kenny Armstrong and Rev. Keith Vaughn officiating. We will meet at Woodlawn Cemetery for a Graveside Service on Sunday, July 12th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please honor Nanabelle with a donation to The Annie Armstrong Offering at Valley Grove Baptist Church, 9000 Sevierville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920. Berry Highland South is honored to serve the family and invites you to view and sign their online guestbook at berryhighlandsouth.com.

Services

  • Receiving of Friends

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, July 12, 2020

Memories

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Beth Hunter

July 14, 2020

I’m so sorry for you’re loss . Just know that I loved her to the moon and back...... It was a pleasure knowing and caring for Nanabelle. Prayers and love sent to the family. Beth

Ericka Hunton

July 14, 2020

I had the honor and privilege of taking care of Nanabelle as one of her nurses for the last few years. She was always so sweet and gracious and always had a smile for you. Her eyes had that sparkle when she smiled and she was always so appreciative of anything we did for her. She had pictures all over her room of her large family and she loved every single one. She was a joy and pleasure to care for. She will be missed greatly.

Tammy Emert

July 12, 2020

We are going to miss Ms Nannabelle's beautiful smile, welcoming arms and the encouragement she always had for us. Her testimony of faith is one that will continue for generations to come. As the girls and I would go visit her to cheer her up and love on her, it was us who would leave refreshed in our christian walk. Our memories and her testimony that she lived out will always brighten our day and challenge us to do more.
Tammy Emert and the Valley Grove Girl's visiting team.

Sam Choy

July 12, 2020

Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. Nanabelle will be greatly missed.

Lisa Morris

July 12, 2020

I don't think I know of a sweeter, kinder, more loving and godly person as NannaBelle. Always with a smile and all her family reflect her witness and example. Gary & I will continue to keep the family in our prayers. Love y'all!

Charles Webster

July 11, 2020

I remember when she played the piano at Roseberry Baptist Church. My thoughts are with you.

Janice Davis

July 11, 2020

May time heal the sadness that you feel with the loss of your Mother. During these tough times, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love, Vaughn and Janice

Carolyn Lane Housewright

July 10, 2020

I so enjoyed Nanabell at Valley Grove. Im

Dale Walker

July 10, 2020

My prayers and condolences to the family, especially Diane and Eddie (the only 2 I remember). I am so sorry to hear you lost her, but boy, did she live a long life! I know she's happy to be reunited with your Dad and sitting at the right side of God. I know you are hurting, but rejoice in knowing you will all be together over yonder when we all get to Heaven. I know, like me, that you are looking forward to that day.

I hadn't seen your Mom in over 50 years, but I'll always remember visiting with Mom & Dad, and your Mom always being so good to us as kids. Never heard an ill word about anybody or anything. Just remember how sweet she always was. I know you're hurting right now, but just think about all the good times. Love you all, and will keep you in my prayers.

Herman T. Baker

July 10, 2020

Herman T. Baker and family wishes to share our love and prayers with you during this time.

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Biography

Nanabelle's dad, Arthur Freeman Baker was married and had one son, Dott Adam, when he accepted the call to the ministry. The year was 1919. After seeking God's direction, he and his young wife, Gertrude Evelyn Tarwater Baker, felt that he needed to attend Harrison Chilhowee Baptist Academy. Their secondd son, Warren Henry, was born when Freeman was a student there. In 1922 the family left for Louisville, KY, so he could attend Southern Seminary. At the time Gertie was pregant with their third child. Nanabelle Tarwater Baker was born on June 17, 1923. To help with expenses, the Baker family lived in a small house, located on Taylor Blvd.,with the Stuart Rule family who had four small children. Freeman attended school during the day, worked at Ford Motor Company at night, and preached at three churches (a different one each Sunday of the month) on the weekends. In the winter Nanabelle's mom would heat bricks on the coal stove to wrap in blankets so the children would be warm as they travelled in their Model T Ford to each church.