Sarah Allen Ferguson Nelson

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sarah Allen Ferguson Nelson, 99, of the Rich Creek Community, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

Mrs. Nelson was born Dec. 1, 1914, at her parent's homeplace in the Rich Creek Community. A resident of West Tennessee for the past eight years, Mrs. Nelson was the daughter of the late James Franklin and Mary Eunice Langley Allen Ferguson.

She was a member of the Clay Hill United Methodist Church, both an historic church and cemetery marked by the Sir Hugh Bullocke Chapter, National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, of which she was a charter member. She received her undergraduate teaching degree from Peabody College for Teachers and her graduate degree from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She was a much loved retired teacher of Forrest High School in Chapel Hill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Rucks Nelson, and her sister Mary Margaret Ferguson Nutt.

She is survived by two nieces, Margaret O'Neal Nutt and Amelia Churchwell Nutt Armstrong of the Rich Creek Community; two great-nieces, Mary Margaret Moore of Murfreesboro and Catherine Betts Wright of Humboldt; and one great-great-niece, Lauren O'Neal Betts of Humboldt.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nelson were conducted on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Clay Hill United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Albertsville, Ala.

You may sign Mrs. Nelson's online registry at

Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home & Crematory in charge of the arrangements.