Nancy Smith Sellers, 82, passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at her home in Murfreesboro.
Visitation will be from 4 pm to 7 pm Thursday at Jennings and Ayers. Funeral services will also be held at Jennings and Ayers at 10 am Friday with Dr. Eugene Cotey officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
A native and lifelong resident of Murfreesboro, she was the daughter of the late Ewing Edward and Mozelle McCullough Smith. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, William T. “Bill” Sellers; sons, William T. “Ted” Sellers, Jr., Ewing (Kathy) Sellers, and Alan (Janet) Sellers, all of Murfreesboro; daughter, Cindy Sellers (Tom) Forrester of Nashville; grandchildren, Rachel Sellers, W. Ewing Sellers, Daniel (Hanna) Sellers; Nathan Sellers; Emily Sellers, W. Phillip Forrester, and Meredith M. Forrester; sisters, Judy (Tommy) Smith, of Murfreesboro, Milly (Al) Peters, of Aiken S.C.; brother Ewing (Patsy) Smith, Jr. of Murfreesboro; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graduate of Murfreesboro Central High School, the University of Tennessee and the University of Virginia, she obtained her law degree and married her husband on June 12, 1950. Nancy and Bill began practicing law in Murfreesboro and soon joined with Nancy’s father and founded the Smith & Sellers law firm. Her distinguished law career spanned 57 years, having the distinction of being the first, and for many years of her career, the only female attorney in Murfreesboro. She was a recognized expert in tax and probate law, and served on various boards and commissions within the community and with the Tennessee and American Bar Associations. In 2001, she was recognized by the Tennessee Bar Journal as one of the “Pioneers” of women lawyers in Tennessee.
Nancy’s many interests included gardening, water skiing, camping, traveling, University of Tennessee Lady Vols and Big Orange football, Atlanta Braves baseball and her grandchildren. An avid reader, Nancy enjoyed staying current on social and political issues. She demonstrated a committed and graceful sense of fairness throughout her life, benefiting countless clients and friends with her integrity and honor.
She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro. Friends and relatives will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the charity of your choice. Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home, 820 South Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 615-893-2422. www.jenningsandayers.com