LouEllen “Nancy” Torbett
Published 8:41 am Thursday, August 6, 2015
LouEllen “Nancy” Torbett, 93, passed to her heavenly home on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones.
A lifelong resident and native of Piney Flats, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Nell Hughes Campbell and Curtis Campbell. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Hugh Allen Torbett, and her brother, Fred Campbell.
Nancy attended East Tennessee State College and worked for the Department of Defense during World War II. After she married and her children were in school, she began a career at Raytheon Corporation working full time while also caring for her family. She served there until her retirement in 1968.
Nancy kept a beautiful home and enjoyed tending to her lovely flower beds and lawn. Renowned as an excellent cook, her home was a family gathering place where many wonderful meals were savored. She was an avid reader and lively conversationalist, and delighted in the visits of friends and family.
She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and a faithful servant of our Lord. Nancy was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. The memory of her gentle spirit and wise counsel will be cherished by those who knew her.
She is survived by her children and grandchildren: daughter Martha Snider and husband Larry Snider of Jacksonville, Fla., son Michael Torbett and wife Louminda Torbett of Maryville, Tenn., granddaughter Beth Brewer and husband Jeff Brewer of Nashville, Tenn., and grandson Chris Cox and wife Pam Cox of Piney Flats, Tenn. She is also survived by great-grandchildren: Kelby Arrowood, Cameron Brewer, Clark Arrowood and Carson Cox. Additional survivors include nieces, a nephew, several cousins, and treasured friends, Ed Behtz, Sarah Behtz, Linda and Glen Stipes and Jane Garland.
Pallbearers will be Ed Behtz, Larry Snider, Jeff Brewer, Mike Taylor, Jackson Taylor and Jay Taylor. Glen Stipes, Roy Broyles, Clark Arrowood, Kelby Arrowood, Cameron Brewer, Carson Cox and Al Sellner will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Nancy’s family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 7, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Johnson City, Tenn. A memorial service will be held immediately afterwards at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Family and friends are asked to meet at Shell Cemetery in Piney Flats at 10 a.m. Saturday for a graveside service. Memories and condolences may be shared with the Torbett family via www.morrisbaker.com.
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, (423) 282-1521, is serving the Torbett family.