Nellie Faye Cromwell Mills

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Nellie Faye Cromwell Mills, age 86, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

A native of Quebec, La., and longtime resident of Smyrna she was preceded in death by her parents, William Fletcher Cromwell and Fannie Mae Bennett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joel Thomas Mills Sr. and two sisters Eunice Wood and Willie Mae Moore.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 2 PM at Mapleview Cemetery. Kevin M. Tipps will officiate. Visitation with the family will begin Tuesday at 1:30 PM at Mapleview Cemetery.

Mrs. Nell is survived by her son, Joel Thomas Mills Jr., of Santa Monica, Cali.; daughters, Debra Brandon of Smyrna and Teresa Palmer and her husband Myron of Smyrna; six grandchildren, Emily Meikle and her husband Robert of Smyrna, John Wesley Brandon III and his wife Megan of Houston, Whitney Powell and her husband Cade of Broken Arrow, Okla., Joel Wills Brandon and his wife Sara of American Fork, Utah, Lauren Jennings and her husband Paschal of Smyrna; Abby Palmer of Nashville; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Nell was a member of Kedron United Methodist Church. She was a loving wife of 39 years and was a strong willed independent business woman who started working in the (beauty industry) hair salon business some 60 years ago owning and operating several shops in Smyrna and Nashville. Mr. Joel and Mrs. Nell were great dancers and were loved by many. Mrs. Nell was known by many as Meme.

John Wesley Brandon III, Joel Wills Brandon, James Myron Palmer, Joel Thomas Mills Jr, Paschal Sims Jennings and Robert Ted Meikle will serve as pallbearers.

Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Smyrna is in charge of the arrangements. 615-459-3254 Online condolences can be made at

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