Coffey Funeral Home

937 Broad Street, New Tazewell, TN


Helen "Nanny" (Powell) Epperson

April 2, 1932February 1, 2020

Helen Powell Epperson (Nanny), age 87 of Tazewell, Tennessee and most recently of Pontiac, Michigan, where she resided with her daughter and son-in-law, was born on April 2, 1932, and was called to her heavenly home on February 1, 2020, at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan.

She was saved at an early age and was of the Baptist faith. At age 22 and having four small children to take care of, she worked hard to provide for her family. She warmly added smiles to her children's faces, gave words of encouragement, nursed their bruises and cuts, sewed rips and tears in their clothes, and most of all, gave them love beyond measure. Throughout the years, she worked long, tiring hours in the tobacco fields; then for several years, she worked at Donlin Sportswear as a shirt inspector. She possessed beauty on the inside and outside; she loved watching the flowers bloom for the butterflies and feeding hummingbirds. Of all the colors, red was her favorite. She could cook any wild meat and make it taste the best. Friends and family members often came to eat when she would fry fish or cook meat that was brought to her to prepare. Chocolate bread pudding and banana pudding were her family’s favorite dessert, and she knew just how sweet it needed to be. Her nurturing characteristic stayed with her throughout the years, and her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, and loved ones felt each and every touch of her love. Later in her life, she settled down to enjoy westerns on T.V. and loved to watch “Dillion” on Gunsmoke and “ Hoss” and “Little Joe” on Bonanza. Peace is with her as she walks through the gates of Heaven to lay her crown at the Master's feet. There will be a happy reunion when she enters, as she runs into the arms of her husband, J.C. Epperson; son, Charles Wayne Epperson; parents, Theodore and Mary Powell; sisters, Corena Mullins, Bonnie Reece and Louise Atkins; and brothers, Edgar and Earl Powell. Those loved ones who are left with an abundance of beautiful memories include her daughter, Evelyn Jean Messer; son, Leonard Epperson, both of Tazewell, Tennessee; daughter, Kathy Marie Hurst (husband, Rick) of Pontiac, Michigan; her grandchildren, Bryan Wayne Epperson (wife, Teresa) of Knoxville, Tennessee, Annie Marie Messer, Charles Bradley Epperson (wife, Allison), and Jason Epperson, all of Tazewell, Tennessee; and Melissa Lynn Hurst of Pontiac, Michigan; great grandchildren, Colson Cash Shell, Kilylee Ann Epperson, Charles Noah Epperson, Christian Allen Meyers, Camdan Michael Meyers and Dante Niklaus Douglas, all of whom loved their "Nanny” so very much; and her sisters, Linda Atkins, Phyllis Jean Hurst, and Judy Sue Epperson, all of Tazewell, Tennessee. Many other family and friends will hold her dear in their hearts.

Services celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, February, 8, 2020, at Coffey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Epperson officiating. The Epperson Family will sing songs. The family will be at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m., visitation for family and friends from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a funeral service at 2:00 p.m., and graveside service at the Epperson Cemetery, immediately following the service at the Coffey Funeral Home Chapel.

Minister: Rev. Jerry Epperson Singers: The Epperson Family Pallbearers: Jimmy Atkins, Jerry Atkins, James Atkins, Lonnie Epperson, Charles Bradley Epperson, and Junior Rodriguez

"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. - Philippians 1:21"


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Brian & Denise Epperson

February 8, 2020

Helen was a pretty and loving lady. She always welcome me and Brian when we would go visit her and JC. She will be missed and loved by the ones that knew and loved her. Prayers for the family.

Michelle and Joey Singleton

February 7, 2020

So sad to learn about Helen's passing.
She was always good to me and I will never forget the love, devotion and patience she showed to her children and grandbabies because of her unconditional love.
Sending healing prayers and our deepest sympathy.
May God give each of you strength and peace during this difficult time.