Nell Nabors Charles

Nell Nabors Charles passed away on December 19, 2019 at Canterfield Assisted Living in Oak Ridge, TN. She was born Nell Nabors on December 12, 1924 in Mansfield, Louisiana to John Bachman and Camille Taylor Nabors and recently reached her 95th birthday.  Nell attended Louisiana Tech University and upon graduation in the spring of 1945 traveled by train to Oak Ridge to work during the Manhattan Project as a lab technician in the Y-12 plant. There she met her husband, James Wiley Charles, Jr and married June 9, 1948. She took a reduction in force in 1952 to begin raising two sons as the family relocated to Clinton, living most of their lives on Eagle Bend Rd. Nell attended Memorial United Methodist Church in Clinton. An avid bridge player, Nell received Life Master Achievement. 

Nell was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years; sisters, Marie Lee Nabors, Lulie Taylor Nabors Brunk, Camille Nabors; brother John Bachman Nabors, Jr. She is survived by sons and daughter-in-law James (Jim) Wiley Charles, III and wife Melissa Parks Charles, and John David Charles and Gabrina Charles: grandchildren James (Jamie) W. Charles, IV and Lauren Marie Charles and a host of nieces and nephews.  

The family is grateful to Kathy McCameron and staff at Canterfield Assisted Living for providing care and comfort during the last 5 years of Nell’s life.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 22, 2019 from 1:00- 3:00 pm with funeral service at 3:00 pm at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home. Interment will follow funeral service at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Salvation Army, 409 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN. 37917. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.  www.holleygamble.com

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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  1. I will miss Mrs Charles tremendously. She had a wonderful spirit and love for her family. Anytime you’d mention her boys she would get a glimmer in her eyes and talk about how much she loved them. I had the pleasure of seeing her daily with the work I do at Canterfield, thank you for the honor of caring for her. I will keep the family in prayer during this difficult holiday season. She gained her wings and I hope she will be looking over all of us. God bless her soul.

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