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Bernice “Nanny” Wilson

Clara WilsonIn Memory of Mother

“We remember thee in this solemn hour, our dear mother. We remember the days when thou didst dwell on Earth, and thy tender love watched over us like a guardian angel. Thou has gone from us, but the bond which unites our souls can never be severed; thine image lives within our hearts. May the merciful Father reward thee for the faithfulness and kindness thou has ever shown us; may He lift up the light of His countenance upon thee and grant thee eternal peace. Amen”


Bernice “Nanny” Wilson, age 86, of Erwin, TN went home to be with the Lord on February 24, 2017. She was born in Erwin to Harry Saylor and Nora Davis Saylor, now deceased. Bernice was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and dearly loved her church family and ladies in the Dorcas Sunday School Class. She was employed by the Unicoi County Board of Education for 17 ½ years as a special education teacher’s aide and worked as a seamstress for Industrial Garment for 30 years. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Gladys Saylor, brother Kenneth Saylor, son-in-law Tom Hensley, brother-in-law Boyd Garland, nephew George Howell, niece Wilda Howell, and former husband Otis Wilson. She was a kind, caring person who will be cherished and lovingly remembered by many friends and family including daughters: Brenda Jones and granddaughter Elizabeth and fiancé Thad McMillen of Erwin; Linda Barrett and husband Richard of Erwin and grandson Rick Barrett of Johnson City; Joy Hensley and grandsons: Neil and wife Tara, Rick and wife Kristi, and Jonathan of Unicoi; Connie Smith and husband Vestal and grandson Jason of Limestone Cove; Debra McNabb and husband Gary of Erwin and granddaughters Dee Lewis and husband Tim of Chuckey and Lori English and husband John of Unicoi; and Diana Smith and husband John and grandson John Ashley of Johnson City and granddaughter Chelsey of Bristol; brother Doug Saylor and fiancé Phyllis Harris of Erwin and nephew Chad Saylor and wife Missy and great nephew Chase and great niece Caroline of Elizabethton; sister Eunice Garland and nephew Chris Garland of Erwin; sister-in-law Bobbie Saylor and nephew Jerry Saylor and wife Lisa and great nephews Scott of Erwin and Aaron of Elizabethton; nephews Jay Howell and wife Nancy of Newport News and Mike Heath and wife Teresa of Old Town, FL; and niece Pansy Pangborn. Her family includes 15 great grandchildren who loved their Nanny: Ben, Katie and Ellie Hensley; Kylee, Kendel, Tommy Joy, and Holt Hensley; Ethan, Olivia, and Luke Smith; Rowan and Scout Smith; Ava and Cole English; and Haley Derry and husband Nathan.

The family wishes to express appreciation to the compassionate nurses and staff on floors two and three of the Franklin Woods Hospital and the nurses and staff of the Skilled Nursing Unit of Cornerstone Village.

The family will receive friends Sunday, February 26 from 2 to 6 pm in Mrs. Wilson’s home. In accordance with her wishes, in lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a memorial contribution in memory of Bernice to the Calvary Baptist Building Fund, 540 Adams St., Erwin, TN or Gideons International, P. O. Box 398 Erwin, TN.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Bernice “Nanny” Wilson through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.