Lakeview Funeral Home & Lakeview Memorial Gardens

5000 West Harrison Road, Longview, TX


Nelwyn McGrede

July 4, 1935January 2, 2020

Nelwyn McGrede, 84, passed away January 2, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. A Celebration of her life will be held 11 am Monday, January 6, 2020 at Spring Hill 1st Baptist Church with Bro. Wayne Spanhanks and Dr. Rick Webb officiating. Visitation will be 2-4 pm Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Lakeview Funeral Home. Interment will be private. Nelwyn was born July 4, 1935 in Longview, Texas to Herman Fenton and Emma Marie Levacy Fenton. As fate would have it, just about six months before a little baby had been born. Roy’s mother took her new baby boy to visit her friend’s house. This would be the first time Nelwyn and Roy would meet. Roy’s family eventually moved away, however, when they were in the 6th grade, they moved back. Neither of them would tell you exactly when the “real” courting started, but on June 12, 1953 they married and began the lifelong journey of service to others. Nelwyn retired from the state of Texas as social worker. Nelwyn and Roy were members of Spring Hill 1st Baptist Church where they were actively involved in the Texas Baptist Mens Retired Church Builders for helping build over 20 churches. While the men were doing the hard labor, the ladies would be keeping them fed and also holding bible studies. Nelwyn led the Christmas Shoebox Ministry at Providence Baptist. She also made many lap blankets and held bible studies for nursing home residents. Nelwyn truly was a Godly woman and you KNEW it by her actions. She will be missed tremendously by those who knew and loved her most. Nelwyn is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Richard Fenton; and sister, Grace Priddy. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Roy; daughters, Emily Prince, Linda Wannamaker, and Debra McGrede; grandchildren, Mark Prince, Jr., Amy North, Chris Prince, and Margaret Wannamaker; seven great grandchildren; brother, Herman Fenton, Jr.; sisters, Juanita Kologey and Marie Holdcroft (Ray); and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and family who loved her dearly.


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Nelwyn McGrede

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Jamie Thompson

January 3, 2020

I wanted to share a memory for your loved one. Roy and Nelwyn
came to visit us when my mother-in-law (Juanita Thompson) passed away. They visited as ambassadors for the Texas Baptist Men's Group on behalf of my aunt and uncle, Grace and Tommie Conner. Her sympathy and compassion to a "perfect stranger" was something to be admired. True blessings to our family. I know at this time your loss is great, but what an example to follow. It was a blessing to us to meet her!

Jamie Thompson
Midland, Texas