Bernell "Nellie" Knight (Maddux)

Wednesday, November 14th, 1928 - Saturday, July 18th, 2020
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Bernell "Nellie" (Maddux) Knight, 91 of Crossville, Tennessee died on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Life Care Center of Crossville.

Lyda Bernell Maddux was born November 14, 1928 in McMinnville, Tennessee to Ruth Evelyn Stone and Carl Hobart Maddux. “Nellie” as she was called by family, grew up in Baxter and attended Baxter Seminary.

She married Samuel Porter Knight on May 7,1945. They lived in Detroit for 51 years and had one child Holly Joy. Nellie was a very intelligent and sweet person. She retired from Michigan Bell after many years of faithful service. She was an avid reader and enjoyed classical music, fine dining and travelling. She attended the Methodist Church for many years.

After Porter’s death in 1996 she moved back home to Crossville to be closer to her family. She then married Robert “Bob” May and they enjoyed several happy years together. Nellie was an animal lover and their Cat Eric was very dear to her.

Nellie is survived by, Daughter, Holly and Fred Battle, 3 Grandchildren, Sammy, Beecher and Richelle, and Isaiah Knight; 2 Sisters, Wauleen Greer, and Carleen and Charles Duke; A host cousins, nieces, nephews, and special friends.

In her last years, she lived at Life Care Center in Crossville where they took very good care of her. The family would especially like to remember her main nurse, Deshay. Also, her Niece Sharon Edwards who handled all her business and always visited her auntie.

In addition to her parents, Nellie was preceded in death by, 2 Husbands, Samuel Porter Knight, and Robert May; Special Cousin, Elsie Maddux Peterson; A host of other family.

Celebration of Life Gathering for Bernell "Nellie" Knight will be held Saturday, August 22, 2020, from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Private entombment was held at Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest a donation to either a disabled veteran’s charity or to the Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Crest Lawn Funeral Home-Cremation Center
    800 West Jackson St
    Cookeville, TN 38501
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  • Interment

    Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery
    800 W. Jackson Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
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For Grandma: I'll never forget all the wonderful Christmases you gave to all of us.
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