Nancy Lou Arterburn Adams

Nancy Lou Arterburn Adams, 74, passed away peacefully on July 31,
2013 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville Florida after succumbing to a
stroke a week earlier.  Her parents Wallace and Fannie Claye Arterburn
and all three of her siblings, Wallace Arterburn Jr., Ruth Comfort, and
Lavern Beam preceded her in death.  Nancy is survived by her partner
of 50 years, Felton Adams, Jr., her only child Amy Blake and husband
Milan, and two grandsons (that she was crazy about) Asa and Eli.  She
was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church.
Born in Scottville KY, Nancy was a 1956 graduate of Allen County High
School and a 1960 graduate of Bowling Green Business University.  She
began her career at Clark Insurance in Bowling Green KY.  Marrying
in 1965, she continued her career at Starling and Followell Attorneys
in Columbus GA.  After moving to Nashville TN she began working at
American Airlines and then moved to Cleveland TN.  She completed
her Masters and additional certificates at Alabama A&M and Trevecca
Nazarene College while teaching at Bradley Central High School.  In her
profession, she was active in Business and Professional Women (BPW)
and was passionate about education and improving the school system in
Bradley County.  She was fair and firm and found value in each student.
She retired from BCHS in 1998 after 20 years of teaching in the business
department and working in the Attendance office.  She loved retirement
and divided her time between Spring City TN and Crescent City FL.
Her very favorite thing to do was spend time with her daughter and
grandsons. Nancy will be fondly remembered for her quick wit, sharp tongue,
strong work ethic, incredible wardrobe, love for her friends and the
Arterburns, Adams’ and Blakes, her willingness to try anything and her
positive attitude about whatever came her way.  Her loss will leave a
huge void in the lives of those who knew and loved her.
A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Condolences may be
shared with the family at
Watts Funeral Homes of San Mateo, Fl. is in charge of the arrangements.

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  1. Jim Cox says:

    Felton: I was so sorry to hear about Nancy’s sudden death and want you to know that we’re praying for you and your family. We know God will provide the comfort only He can give. Our love, Jim and Mary Ann Cox

  2. Diane Bishop Tatum says:

    Ms Adams was my favorite teacher at Bradley High. I was lucky enough to find her my first year there and then worked as her office aide until I graduated. We shared lots of laughs and I learned so much from her. I accidentally called her “Mamaw” one day and it stuck – so in my senior yearbook she wrote a very nice encouraging note to me and signed it “Love, Mamaw”. She helped me to get my first real job. My thoughts will be with each of you as I know there will be a place in your lives that will never be filled.

  3. Paul and Karen Johnson says:

    We are so sorry about the death of your mom. I didn’t know her very well, but when we saw her at the games she seemed very involved with Asa and his playing baseball. It really touched my heart when I saw how Eli was helping his grandmother at those games. I pray that the Lord will give you strength in the coming days. I know she left a big hole in your lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Paul and Karen Johnson

  4. Sherry West says:

    Amy, Asa, Eli & Milan:

    You are all in my heart and prayers.

  5. Pamela Nichols says:

    Felton, Amy & Family

    I am so sorry to hear about your lose! I really loved helping Nancy! I really wish I had got to know her before I did, but the time I did spend with her was just a joy! My prayers are with the whole family!

    Pamela Nichols

  6. Susan Rochford says:

    Amy, I am Bruce’s sister in law, married to Pam’s brother Rich. I first met your mom at Pam’s wedding shower. I loved her from that day on. She had a great laugh and we would compare stories about our only daughters. You and your son’s were the love of her life (next to your dad) and she was so proud of you. We would share each other stories about your being a cheerleader at AL and Amanda being a dancer at UF. The stories were always happy ones about going to games to watch our girls perform. She would also tell me about your boys and how proud she was of them. I got to visit with her last month at Bruce’s for his son’s christening. I am so glad I went and got to spend this day with her God took her too soon as she had so much more she wanted to do with life. I’m glad she didn’t suffer after the stoke. My thoughts are with you and your family. Susan Rochford

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