Sky Scene 06

Nelda (Orr) Nelms

October 30, 1942 ~ January 26, 2020 (age 77)

Obituary Image


On January 26, 2020 with arms wide open, our Lord and Savior met one of his truest followers at the pearly gates of heaven and welcomed her to an eternity in paradise.  Nelda Virgina Orr Nelms, 77, of Robbinsville, passed away at Murphy Medical Center. 

A native of Graham County, Nelda is survived by her daughters and son in law Natalie and Dewayne Elders of Whittier, NC and Angie Buchanan of Palm Coast Florida.  Granddaughters Brittany Gass and husband Jon of Whittier, Staci Paquette and her husband Josh of Marquette, MI, Chelsea Elders and Michael Leatherwood of Bryson City, NC and Courtney Buchanan and her fiancé Rob Cassesse of Palm Coast, FL; Great grandchildren Shelby and Nathan Gass and Henry and Arthur Paquette; Sisters Wilma Crisp and Lavada Queen, both of Robbinsville, NC and many nieces and nephews.

Nelda is the daughter of the late Dillard and Tillie Orr of Robbinsville.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by the love of her life and husband of 53 years, Jerry Nelms.  Nelda was a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church and a retired teacher’s aide of 33 years service to the children of Graham County.  She will be greatly missed by many.

Funeral Services will be held 1:00 pm, Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Lone Oak Baptist Church in Robbinsville.  The Reverends Daniel Stewart, S.J. Waters, and Scott Roper will officiate.  The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm in the chapel of Townson-Smith Funeral Home.  Burial will be Thursday following the service in the Lone Oak Baptist Church Cemetery. 

An online register is available at www.townsonsmithfuneralhomecom Townson-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Nelms Family.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Nelda (Orr) Nelms, please visit our floral store.


January 29, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Townson - Smith Chapel

Funeral Service
January 30, 2020

1:00 PM
Lone Oak Baptist Church
3699 Tapoco Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

© 2020 Townson-Smith Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA