Nell Sims Smith

August 11, 1924July 26, 2018

Nell Sims Smith (93) went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 26, 2018. Nell was born in Pigeon Creek, Alabama, August 11, 1924. The family later moved to Montgomery where she grew up, married and raised a family. She was a special mother and grandmother who was loved by her family and will be truly missed. We know she is now with the Lord and her son, Johnny, and our greatest desire and longing is to be reunited with them one day. She loved the Lord and that was the greatest teaching she passed on to her children; her first and foremost concern was that we would all know Jesus as our Savior and Lord - and we are all so grateful for that.

She was preceded in death by her eldest son, John Clinton Roberts; parents - C.M. and Nona Kate Sims (Circle S Ranch, Snowdoun, AL); three brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her sons, Jim (Lisa) Smith, Montgomery, AL; Ken Smith, Montgomery, AL; daughters, Suzanne (Mike) Outten, Charlotte, NC; Betsy (Dale) Spencer, Knoxville, TN; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchiildren.

A visitation for Nell Smith is set for Tuesday, July 31 at 12:00 pm in the Chapel of White Chapel Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 pm in Greenwood Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Smith family.


  • Suzanne Outten, Daughter
  • Mike Outten, Son-in-law
  • Betsy Spencer, Daughter
  • Dale Spencer, Son-in-law
  • Jim Smith, Son
  • Lisa Smith, Daughter-in-law
  • Ken Smith, Son
  • C.M. Sims, Father
  • Nona Kate Sims, Mother
  • John Clinton Roberts, Son
  • Nell Smith also leaves behind 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren to cherish her memory.


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Nell Sims Smith

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debbie sutton

July 29, 2018

I can remember years ago when Mike was stationed in San Antonio that Bubba and Johnny were there for a visit. I was going through a tough time and also went to visit. I really needed prayer and Susie and Bubba and I joined hands and with closed eyes and open hearts we petitioned the Lord. Bubba was a powerful prayer warrior and was an example to me in her witness and in the way she herself had overcome the trials of life. One time she was involved in an in-depth study of Revelations and shared her notes with me that she had written in long hand. I still have these. My other memories are of her quick wit and her laugh. She found humor in almost everything and had a twinkle in her eyes. She loved to laugh. We watch many an episode of Andy Griffith and The Waltons. She is laughing and singing now with Johnny and the Lord. What a blessing to have known her.

Mike Outten

July 29, 2018

Each morning when Ms. Nell woke up, she would have a cup of coffee and a pastry...... just to get going for the day. This was our routine, day after day. And the pastry had to be sweet! She liked sweet rolls with the jelly (of course), cinnamon rolls (with icing), scones (with icing), etc... But her favorite treats were donuts! Her primero, number 1, all time favorite was a boston creme donut (the ones with chocolate icing and vanilla pudding on inside). Chocolate eclairs came in a close second; sometimes they were neck and neck. These were her favorites. She especially enjoyed visits by the grandkids because she knew a Dunkin Donuts visit was probably going to happen. Ms. Nell loved her sweets.... I will miss sharing those moments with her.

Suzanne Outten

July 29, 2018

What a blessing it was to be with our precious mother as she entered the gates of glory, and to see her Savior, Jesus - the One she loved and longed to be with for so many years. And to once again see her beloved son, Johnny, who had gone on before her seven years ago; to see him, no longer in the Down Syndrome body he had lived in for 65 years, but to see him in his new and glorified body - oh what a reunion that must have been. I wish I could have witnessed it myself. I know they are still rejoicing with one another and other family members who have been gone for so long. The Lord blessed us with her for 93 years, and what a blessing she was to us. We loved her so much and we are mourning and grieving our loss, as it is painful to lose someone you love so much, but we know she is happy now and she and Johnny are anxiously awaiting the day we are all reunited. As she always told us 'this earth is not our home; Heaven is our eternal home" - and she is home now. I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Betsy Spencer

July 28, 2018

I cannot say enough about my precious mother. I sorely miss her and it will take a long time to get through the pain of losing her. I do rejoice that she is in heaven with her loved ones, including her "Johnny Boy" and now she sees the Savior that she loved, face to face. Though our bodies are sown in corruption, they are raised in incorruption; though they are sown in dishonor, they are raised in glory.

"Face to face - oh, blissful moment!
Face to face - to see and know;
Face to face with my Redeemer;
Jesus Christ Who loves me so."
- Carrie Breck (1898)

Russell Nolen

July 28, 2018

Nell Smith was a very classy and godly lady. She and I became friends in 1980 through her daughters, Betsy and Suzanne. Her home was always open and welcoming, and I cherish the memories of her kind, sweet spirit. She was a wonderful mother and her legacy will live on through her children and grandchildren. Thank you for being part of our lives, Bubba, and 'til we meet again, rejoice in your new heavenly home.

C. Rudolph

July 28, 2018

I send my condolence to the Smith family. May happy memories of Nell bring you comfort as we await the fulfillment of Acts 24:15, which gives us hope to be reunited with our dead loved ones.

Mike Outten

July 27, 2018

I remember coming into Ms. Nell's room each day and asking her how she was feeling that day. She would always say " I feel pretty good". At that point I would comment, "Ms. Nell, can you move your right hand for me?". And she would. Then she would say, "arm feels good this morning!". I would say, "good, good.... I'll be out in the wood shop waiting for you to come out and sand" . She would smile and then remark "I'll be right there.... you go ahead and start and I'll be out shortly"..... HMMMMMMM. That mischievous smile told the whole story. No sanding that day!!! lol Ms. Nell was always quick with a smile and laugh. Very quick witted.