Sharon Sherry Nelson

April 29, 1953May 13, 2013
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After a courageous four year battle with breast cancer, Sharon “Sherry” Simmons Nelson went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 13, 2013.

Sharon was born in Caldwell County to the late Wayne Cranford Simmons and Goldie Church Simmons. She was a Teacher’s Assistant at Gamewell Elementary School for 22 years and was a member of New Life Baptist Church. She loved her family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Michael James Nelson of the home; her son, Tyler Wayne Nelson and wife Paula of Lenoir; her daughter, Sasha Nelson Ardison and husband Matthew of Morganton; her brother, Barry Simmons and wife Susan of Lenoir; her sister, Joanie Bumgarner and husband Gaither of Prosperity, SC; her beloved grandchildren, Triston, Gracy, Sawyer, Karlee and Maggie.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, May16, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with Reverend Timothy Suter and Reverend Randall Honeycutt officiating. Burial will follow the service at Collier’s United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Alex Simmons, Lance Bumgarner, Randall Honeycutt, Locke “Skip” Smith, Camuel “Butch” Houk and Michael Pennell. Honorary pallbearers will be Timothy Story, Michael Williams and John Weaver.

The family requests that memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Sharon Simmons Nelson.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Rev. 21:4


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Lana German

January 15, 2014

We are so sorry for you loss. Our boys grew up with Tyler and played ball together for years. This family was always a blessing to us. We will remember you in prayer, for strength and peace in the days ahead. God Bless. Randy and Lana German

Fr. Michael V. Church

May 21, 2013

Almighty God, we remember this day before Thee they faithful handmaiden, Sherry, and we pray Thee that having opened to her the gates of larger life, Thou wilt receive her more and more into Thy joyful service; that she may win, with Thee and Thy saints every where, the eternal victory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

May 20, 2013

Dear family...I am so sorry to hear of the recent death of Sherry. I am her
cousin from Statesville NC and I spent many great years playing with Sherry and Joanie when visiting with Mama Church. I am so very sorry that I did not
hear of her passing until today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you. Much Love
Debra Davidson Goode

May 16, 2013

I am very sorry to hear this about her. She will be missed very much, Much y name is Crystal Hamby my grandson was in her room about 5 years ago and he loved her and I also took care of her father when he was at Carolina rehab, God bless all of you,

May 16, 2013

Sherry was one of the kindest people & always always smiling. I grew up walking over from my house to the Simmons house to hang out with Joanie & her little sister Sherry. I am so sorry to learn of her struggle with cancer but am assured she is safe in Heaven now

Debby Smith Goudelock

Lib Barnette

May 16, 2013

I am so sorry Sherry had to go home so soon.
She was a pleasure to see in the Dr.s
office always seemed happy.
God bless till we see her again.
Sincere Sympathy,

Michelle (Parrish) Burchette

May 16, 2013

In Loving Memory of a Mother to ALL,
big and small.

Every time I make grilled cheese with mayo, I will smile and think of you!!

God Bless.

May 16, 2013

Joanie, I am sorry to hear about Sherry's passing. She was a wonderful person and a great sister and I know you will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Thinking of you. Pat Story Robbins

Alison, Charlie and CJ Johnson

May 15, 2013

Tyler I was so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. You are all in my prayers.

May 15, 2013

Dear Mike and Family,
I was heart broken to hear of your loss. Sherry was a great person. Her smile was so contagious. I had the privilege of working with her at Gamewell Elementary. Please know that your family will continue to be in my prayers. Love to you all.

Teresa Larson