Nellie Jean Junkin Pace

Nellie Jean Junkin Pace, 71, of Shelby died on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Shelby Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Visitation will be held Friday, August 10, 2018, from 9-11 a.m. at First Assembly of God in Cleveland. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at First Assembly of God in Cleveland. Burial will be in Delta Heights Memorial Gardens. Reverend Tim Cook and Jeremy Vanderburg will officiate the services. Nellie was born on May 10, 1947, to Lee and Hattie (Tyson) Junkin in Merigold. She married Billy Pace January 10, 1967. She was a former Holiday Inn manager having worked through several mergers and name changes. Nellie was proud of her career that spanned 3 decades. She was also proud of the fact that at the age of 53 receiving her GED. Nellie loved her family and more especially her grandchildren. She loved laughing, joking and playing tricks on her friends and family. Nellie also enjoyed flowers, making crafts and decorating her home. She was a member of the Cleveland First Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her parents Lee and Hattie Junkin; husband, Billy Pace; brothers John Junkin, Gerald Junkin, Danny Junkin; and a grandson, Jonathan Kitchens. Nellie is survived by daughter, Terri (David) Kitchens of Cleveland; daughter, Jessica (Tim) Cook of Vardaman; brother, Bobby Junkin of Starkville; brother, Monroe Junkin of Jacksonville, AR; sister, Sue Lewellen of Troy, NC; three grandsons, Michael (Chasity) Kitchens, Jakob Cook, and Colbie Cook; one great-grandson, Bryson Kitchens. She also leaves several nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.  Pallbearers are David Kitchens, Tim Cook, Michael Kitchens, and Harold Ouzts. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, ACS CAN, P.O. Box 720295, Oklahoma City, OK 73172-0295 Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The online guest register may be viewed and signed at

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