Sue Eller Conn

June 12, 1932April 16, 2021

Sue Eller Conn, age 88, died April 16, 2021. She was born June 12, 1932, in Franklin, North Carolina to Rev. and Mrs. Eugene Robert Eller (Frances Greer) where Rev. Eller was the pastor of the First Baptist Church, Franklin. As a child, Sue lived in Franklin, NC, Pelham, GA, and Augusta, GA where she began playing the organ in church at the age of fourteen. She finished high school in Pickens, SC. She graduated from Mars Hill Junior College (now Mars Hill University) in Mars Hill, NC and Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, MS. She then received a master’s degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.

In 1960, she married Walton Thomas Conn, who passed away November 10, 2020. Survivors include two sons, Walt, Jr. (Alicia) of Auburn, AL and Joe Ed (Michelle) of Nashville; four grandchildren, Katie, Emily, and Caroline of Auburn and Ethan, of Nashville; her brother Thomas J. Eller (Anne) of Woodland Park, CO along with two nieces Julie Lafitte (Steve Posey) of Colorado Springs, CO and Elizabeth Byerly (Steve) of Atlanta, GA, and a nephew Robert Eller (Kristen) of Greenville, SC; and her cousin-in-law and close friend, Lucy Carroll of Nashville.

Sue moved to Nashville in 1955 to work for the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (Lifeway Christian Resources) as a church library field consultant where she worked until having her first child in 1962. She returned to work at the Southern Baptist Convention as the registrar for the Seminary Extension in 1980 and worked until 1994. She lived in Nashville until the time of her death. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church for 54 years where she was the director of the church library for over 30 years.

Her passion was serving her family and her church, and she enjoyed cooking, particularly for others. The family would like to thank the team from Alive Hospice and the nurses, therapists, and staff at Woodcrest at The Blakeford for their devoted and attentive care and support.

A graveside service will take place in Adairville, KY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 222 Belle Meade Blvd, Nashville, TN 37205 or Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203.

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Vivian Buttrey

April 26, 2021

I worked with Sue at Seminary. She was a special friend. We enjoyed working together and working through all kind of things at work. We were each other’s sounding board! I know you miss her but thankful for her life! I am praying for the family. God’s blessings on all.

Marybeth Colman

April 25, 2021

I know how terribly difficult it must be to have lost both of your parents in such a short time. I pray that your best memories of them will get you through these difficult days. It was a privilege to get to know both your parents while they lived at Blakeford. It wasn’t real long after they moved there that your Mom commented to me about how your Dad was always busy chatting with everyone. She remarked that he was never like that before. We both agreed it was nice that it brought out the social side of him! Your Mom always said how happy she was that she didn’t have to cook anymore. Joe Ed, I can’t tell you how many times they commented about your help. We are all going to miss them very much! Hugs to all of you, Marybeth Colman

Faye Roberts

April 24, 2021

Sue was one of the most caring persons I ever met. Small world story (maybe not). Some how found out thru general conversation she knew my husband's cousins who also attended Mars Hill. Told me the Myers brothers worked in the post office at Mars Hill (University now). She was a great cook who brought a variety of great dishes to Immanuel for potluck meals. She and her kindness will be missed.