On Aug. 25, 2013, Heaven’s gates opened and God welcomed another one of his children home.
Nelda Sue Montgomery was born Nov. 4, 1949, to the late Otis Melton Robinson and Bertha Mae (Ham) Robinson.
At a tender age of 17, she married James Phyllip Bradshaw and their union was blessed with four children, James Phyllip (Rosie) Bradshaw Jr., Brian Keith Bradshaw, Jeremy Ron Bradshaw, and Maria Suzanne (Doc) Morris.
Later, at the age of 33, she married Jimmy Ray Atnip and their union was blessed with two children, Melissa Diane Atnip and Mark Alan (Ashley) Atnip, and a daughter not by blood but loved just the same, Marilyn Bainter.
Nelda came from a very extended family, being the youngest of 14 children. Surviving Nelda Sue are five sisters, Jerris Ann Harper of Springfield, Mo.; Fern (S.S.) Long of Gideon, Mavis Berry of Arnold, Mina (Gene) Chandler of Mehlville, and Mary Ellen (Tom) Boner of Bernie; two brothers, Leonard (Almirta) Robinson of Campbell and Kenneth (Sharon) Robinson of Perryville; her grandchildren, David (Tanny) Rudd, Emmalea Rudd, Avery Morris, Rylie Atnip, Jacob Bradshaw, Meredith Bradshaw and Emma Morris. Also surviving is her faithful companion, Cedric Lewis, whom she loved dearly. And lest we not forget those special girlfriends she thought of like sisters, Sarah Ruth Crowley, Barbara Hogan and Barb (Barbie) Sanders.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Katrina Suzanne Bradshaw and Brianna Kirsten Lynn Bradshaw; her brothers, Mac and Robert Green and Eudell, Frank and Chet Robinson; and her sister, Louise Robinson.
It has been told that she was the apple of her daddy’s eye, but certainly she was of her children’s.
Nelda was a free spirit of sorts. She enjoyed making others laugh, cooking, spending time with her family, listening to her favorite 1960s songs, reading and storytelling. She also had a great passion for writing, which included everything from short stories to silly songs to letters to the editor.
She always tried to make anyone new feel comfortable in her home even if it meant intentionally being awkward upon meeting to get those feelings out of the way. Only the ones that truly knew her could appreciate this side of Nelda. Underneath all that personality was a very loving, caring, emotionally attached woman that would move mountains to help those that needed her.
To say she will be missed would be an understatement. She stamped our hearts with her love and it can never be erased.
Funeral services were held on Aug. 28 at the Morrison-Worley Chapel in Piedmont with Rev. John Hinklin and Rev. James Littles officiating. Special recordings were played for the service. Cedric Lewis, Mark Atnip, Tanny Rudd, Doc Morris, Javier Antunez, Kyle Whitaker, Ryan Hicks and Perry Webb Sr. served as pallbearers. Interment was in the Meador Flatwoods Cemetery near Piedmont under the direction of Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel.