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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Myrtle Nesby Obit

  • Funeral services for the Late Myrtle Armour Nesby will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at noon at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church located at 20199 Highway 49, Marvell.
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  • Funeral services for the Late Myrtle Armour Nesby will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at noon at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church located at 20199 Highway 49, Marvell. Rev. Rickie Hulbert will officiate. Internment will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery. Myrtle Armour Nesby was born July 1, 1928 to the late Jessie Armour and Emma Williams Armour in Turner. Myrtle received Christ at an early age when she was baptized at Mt. Shelby Missionary Baptist Church in Marvell. Later, she became a member of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church where she served faithfully until her health declined. She served on the usher board and was the pre-k and elementary Sunday School teacher for a number of years. Myrtle received her education in the Phillips County School District. Her early education was at Postelle School in Postelle where her beloved cousin, the late James Diamond Smith, was the principal. Myrtle was a homemaker. This was a job that she did not take lightly. She did it faithfully and lovingly all of her life. Myrtle married Willie Nesby Fe. 24, 1946 and to this union 10 children were born. She was preceded in death by both parents, her stepmother, Mary Reese Armour, a son, Emil Nesby, a sister, Clara Armour Smith, four brothers, Rudolph Davis, Winfred Davis, Wallace Davis and Joe Davis and a stepdaughter, Allean Nesby Sims. There was only one other passion that rivaled Myrtle's affection for her family and children in the community. That was her unyielding love and support for New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Myrtle (affectionately known as “Mert”) leaves to celebrate her life and legacy, her husband of 67 years, Willie Nesby; six daughters, Wilma (Henry) Sims of Atlanta, Ga.; Edna Nesby of Marvell, Georganna Nesby of Atlanta, Willie Mae Nesby, Evelyn Nesby, and Tonja Nesby, all of Pine Bluff; three sons, Henry Lee Nesby of Little Rock, William Earl (MarJunia) Nesby and Marcus (Kimberly) Nesby, both of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Kessie Armour Diamond of Helena-West Helena, and Travistene Davis Carruth of Poplar Grove; three brothers, Willie Louis Davis and Charlie Davis of Little Rock and Larry Davis of Poplar Grove; 20 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren a great-great grandchild; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Nesby of Holly Grove; a special cousin, Bertha Mae Nunn of Maumelle; and numerous other cousins, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews as well as two lifelong friends, Creola Tabb of Chicago, Ill.; and Marion Pike of Minneapolis, Minn.. There was always a special place in her heart for the three Harris siblings, Verlene, Vera and M.C. (Buddy). She leaves a void in those who loved her and will forever be missed. Services were entrusted to Stephens Funeral Home Family and friends can share and post their memories of Mrs. Myrtle Armour Nesby at http://www.stephensfuneralhome1949.com/

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