Avis Nunnally

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Avis Inez Edwards Nunnally, age 88, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and formerly of Athens, died on May 13, 2013, in Chattanooga.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Bogart First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bill Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the church prior to the service.
Avis was born in Oconee County on March 18, 1925. After living in Greenville, Miss., she attended Bogart High School and graduated at the age of 15, sharing the award of class valedictorian with her brother, Howard. She earned a business degree from Athens Commercial Business School and worked at the Clarke County Health Department. While raising a family, she also earned her bachelor's degree from Howard Payne College, Brownwood, Texas. She was a gifted science, math, and English teacher in Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. She earned her master's degree and postgraduate hours from Georgia State University and the University of Georgia.
Avis was an active church member in all the communities she lived in throughout her life, serving faithfully at Bogart First Baptist Church; the First Methodist Church of Santa Anna, Texas; Sandy Springs Christian Church, of Atlanta; and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, of Chattanooga, Tenn. She was also an avid reader and channeled her creativity through painting, gardening, and sewing for her children. Her family was her highest priority.
Avis was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lewis G. Nunnally; brother, Howard Dawson Edwards; and parents, Howard and Inez Edwards, and Tom and Annabelle Hays.
She is survived by her children, Tommy (Kay) Hays, of Austin, Texas, Susanna (Craig) Parker, of Manhattan, Kan., and Jody (Michael) Seiferth, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Monica (Barry) Bocaner, Nicole Seiferth, Damon (Lindsay) Parker, Ashlee (Craik) Davis, Jeremy Parker (Emily Jenkinson), Grant (Rachael) Parker, and Kathryn Seiferth; five great-grandchildren (soon to be seven), and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Dana Weaver and family, Michele Jones and family, and her faithful canine companion, Rascal.
The family is extremely grateful to Avis's caregivers, Susan Seiferth Townsend, Laura Meroney, Pam Higgdon, and Kathy Pursley, who provided loving care and companionship in her final years.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
Bernstein Funeral Home & Crematory, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 16, 2013
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