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Nellie Hadden-Reeves

November 11, 1930 — April 10, 2017

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Nellie Virginia Phillips Hadden Reeves

Matthews, GA  –        Nellie Virginia Phillips Hadden Reeves, 86, loving wife of the late Joe Hadden and the late Robert Reeves, entered into her eternal rest Monday night, April 10, 2017 at Keysville Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be held in the James Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 PM Thursday afternoon, April 13, 2017, with Rev. Michael Andrews officiating. Interment will follow in the Wrens Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

One of six children of the late Bernice Beasley Phillips and the late Spurgeon Phillips, Nellie was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. She quit school at a young age and started working in the fields to help her family. This ingrained a hard-work ethic that continued throughout her life—working many  years at Thomson Company, then being a nurses’ aide at Thomson Manor, and running a fruit stand in Harlem.  Her main focus was working and providing a safe home for her family.  Even in her spare time, her enjoyment was working in the yards, her vegetable garden and flower garden, all the while singing old-time gospel hymns. Nellie accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior, and was faithful to attend services while at the nursing home. Having an outgoing personality, she loved people and was quick to share her friendly laugh. Her cheerful attitude housed a strong-will and independent nature.  She had much rather be the one helping others than the one requiring help.  Nellie lived an industrious life filled with both joy and heartache. She is now pain-free and experiencing glorious joy.

Nellie was also preceded in death by her son, Tony Hadden; and all of her siblings, James “Doc” Phillips, Mary Hillman, Charles Phillips, Jesse Phillips and J.P. Phillips. Survivors include her two daughters, Bobbie J. Hutto (Bobby) and Louise Messer (Fred); five grandchildren, Harvey Welch Jr. (Julie), Kirby Welch (Brenda), Joey Welch (Jennifer), Amanda Messer-Land (Jordan) and Brad Messer (Stephanie); ten great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Pallbearers will be Roger Coxwell, Tommy Hawkins, Brad Messer, Cecil Shelton Jr, Thomas Shelton and David Tondu.

The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday evening, April 12, 2017.



When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile,
Just jorget, if you can, that I ever frowned
And only remember the smile.
Forget unkind words I have spoken;
Remember some good I have done.
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember I've had loads of fun.
Forget that I've stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way.
Remember I have fought some hard battles
And won, ere the close of the day.
Then forget to grieve for my going,
I would not have you sad for a day.
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay,
And come in the shade of evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west.
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best.

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