Ann Neblett James

September 1, 1929 ~ August 13, 2016

Born in: Coeburn, VA
Resided in: Elizabethton, TN

Dr. Ann Neblett James, age 86, passed away gracefully after a brief illness. Born Sept. 1, 1929 in Coeburn, VA, she went to the Lord on Aug. 13, 2016. Her family acknowledges that she was the core of strength that they consistently leaned on and her familiar counsel of ?all things come to those who wait" provided much guidance. Dr. James enjoyed spending time with her family, keeping up with politics, reading, and listening to the music of Pavarotti. Dr. James valued education and after her graduation from Virginia High School in 1946, she matriculated at Virginia Intermont College. In 1948, she transferred to Westhampton College at the University of Richmond to study science. She graduated with honors in 1950. A lifelong advocate of higher education, Dr. James set a shining example for her children and grandchildren by earning a Master of Science in Education at ETSU in 1971 and later received a Doctorate in Education in 1983. Those left to cherish her memory include two sisters, five children, nine grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the debt reduction fund at St. John?s Episcopal Church.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    My deepest condolences. She seemed a fascinating woman from stories I have heard.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Deepest sympathies to Trigg and family.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I only had the pleasure of meeting her a few times but she made a lasting impression. Prayers and condolences to the family. I know she will be sorely missed.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This was one of the most gracious ladies I have ever known. I attended Steed College when she was there. I was young and impressionable. Today I am a successful woman by the world’s standards, and I owe a lot of that to her. She was a great mentor in simply being herself and taking advantage of the opportunities to influence a young woman with no clue. I am grateful to have known her.

  5. Anonymous says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family. Our prayers are with all of you. Rebecca, your Johnson School family is thinking about you and lifting you up durng this very difficult time.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sarah, Randy & family – Please accept our deepest sympathies in the passing of your mother. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Again we are so sorry for your loss.

  7. Anonymous says:

    My deepest sympathy to your family. It was a privilege to have gotten to know Ann and share always cheerful conversation.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of cousin Ann. I have such fond memories of her and cherish the memories of time spent with all her Neblett family.

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