Mrs. Lera Mae Curtis Nowlin, daughter of the late Rev. Clarence and Bessie Carter Curtis, was born in Dellrose on June 26, 1918.
At an early age she confessed her faith in Christ and was baptized in the AME Church (African Methodist Episcopal Church).
On Sunday morning, April 17 God called her home to be with her Lord. She was a loving and devoted wife to the late Fred Leslie Nowlin, as well as a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.
A retired employee of McMinnville Garment Factory and member of the Methodist A.M.E. Church, she was preceded in death by one son, William “Bill” Nowlin; sister, Virginia Curtis Eberhart; brothers, L.V. Curtis and William Curtis and daughter-in-law, Peggy Lewis Nowlin.
She is survived by three daughters, Freddie Nowlin, Joyce Nowlin and Phyllis Nowlin, all of McMinnville; three sons, Charles Nowlin of Old Hickory, James Nowlin of Murfreesboro, and Steve Nowlin of McCormick, S.C.; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Georgia "Kate" Curtis of Murfreesboro and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in High’s Chapel with Eddie Vance and Mark Carrigan officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, and at the wake from noon until 1 p.m. Friday at High’s.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) April 20, 2011