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Nellie Brown

Nellie Brown (Hamler)

Saturday, August 11th, 1928 - Saturday, May 16th, 2020
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Newness:
Nellie Jane (Hamler) Brown was born on August 11, 1928 in Waverly Hall, Georgia. She was the oldest of six children who blessed the union of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hamler, Sr.

Education:
Nellie Hamler began school in a little one-room schoolhouse called Pine Grove in Harris County. She moved to Atlanta and lived with an aunt to finish her schooling at David T. Howard. Years later, she went to Morris Brown College, where she attained a bachelor’s degree in Education. Many years afterwards, she attended Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) and received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Loving :
Nellie Jane first loved Jesus and was baptized at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Waverly Hall. After Nellie moved to Atlanta and transferred her membership to First Mount Pleasant Baptist Church (FMBC), she religiously attended Pine Grove every 2nd Sunday with her mother and sister in tow. At FMBC, she was a part of the A.V. Williamson Choir, and the Young Married Women’s Guild. When she retired from teaching, she participated in the Snip & Stitch Sewing Club and she began attending the Noon Day Prayer Service.
The love of her life was the late Matt Brown, who she married on August 2, 1958. Eleven years later, Matt and Nellie had a beautiful girl -- Caroline Denise Brown. Their family was complete.
Nellie loved her family very much and expressed it in many ways. She hosted birthday parties, pool parties and cookouts in her backyard, club gatherings, Revival Week dinners for the church, graduation parties, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas parties and fish fries. Nellie Jane enjoyed traveling with family from New York to Florida to Illinois and many cruises. She and her baby sister travelled all over Europe. Nellie also loved visiting family from Virginia to Louisiana. She was always on the road!

Life:
Mrs. Brown’s first job was at Scripto Company and then after a few years, she was employed by Ann Vien Jewelry Company where she learned to make jewelry. After graduating from college, she taught first grade at Kathleen Mitchell Elementary. Later she served as a Reading Teacher at Seaborn Lee Elementary. She retired from teaching school in the Fulton County Schools after forty years of service.
Nellie was also a clever crafter. She took a few classes in sewing. Nellie sewed dresses and gowns for family and friends. She designed draperies and window treatments and other fun things like Halloween costumes and even made an item she called “Pajama Pillows.” She was also interested in flower arrangements and joined the Petunia Garden Club where she made lifelong friends.

Investments:
Nellie always had an entrepreneurial spirit. While living with her family in Atlanta, she saved money and purchased a rental house in cash. The City purchased it from her to build the (then) Fulton County Stadium. After that, they obtained another rental property. Soon afterwards, Nellie and Matt bought a club called The Player’s Choice in 1975. It was a night club where people came to drink, eat, listen to music and socialize, or purchase drinks through a drive through during the day (closed in 1977). In the late 1980s, Nellie joined Princess House as an independent sales representative. She put on many parties to show others how to display their crystal and china.

Ending:
In 2007, Aunt Nellie was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. A few years later, she was placed in an assistant living facility. Then on May 16, 2020, Jesus called her to heaven.
To cherish these memories is her daughter, Caroline Brown Hale; two grandchildren, Matthew Brae Pope and Skylar Mercidese Owens; her sister, Annie Hamler Hopkins, sister-in-law Carolyn Hamler; god-daughter Sharon, (Shay) Allen; nephews Bernard (Velma) Hamler, Sr., Larry Hamler, and Henry Hamler, Jr.; nieces Mildred (James) Colquitt, Michelle Hamler, Ellen (Curley) Henry, and Marquis (Jacqueline) Morel; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews, a host of cousins and friends. Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Ellen Hamler; brothers, Jesse Hamler Jr. (Hal) and Henry T. Hamler Sr. (H. T.); and sisters, Mary Etta Hamler ( Vye ) and Janie Hamler.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 | 10:00am - 7:30pm
    When
    Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 10:00am - 7:30pm
    Location
    Herschel Thornton Mortuary
    Address
    3346 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
    Atlanta, Georgia 30331
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  • Service

    Thursday, May 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, May 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Greenwood Cemetery
    Address
    1173 Cascade Circle SW
    Atlanta, Georgia 30311
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  • Interment

    Thursday, May 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, May 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Greenwood Cemetery
    Address
    1173 Cascade Circle SW
    Atlanta, Georgia 30311
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Valerie S. Hunter & Charles A. Hunter Jr (Shan & C

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest In Peace Aunt Nellie!!
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Always remembered, never forgotten. I am proud you were my Aunt Nellie.
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