Services set Oct. 26 for Mrs. Nelson, longtime educator


MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Center Chapel Church of Christ, 9500 Central Pike, for Mrs. Bernadine Foriest Nelson, 65, of Mt. Juliet. A beloved and dedicated educator, the Oak Ridge native passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.

She received her Bachelors Degree in Education from David Lipscomb University, a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Alabama and an additional degree from the University of Tennessee. She taught in her native Oak Ridge, in the state of Hawaii, in Alabama as well as serving as a geography teacher at Lebanon's Friendship Christian School before moving to the Wilson County Adult Learning Center, where she served as director.

Mrs. Nelson was active in the Tennessee Adult Education program and championed the cause of General Equivalency Diplomas -- helping more than 1,000 earn a GED. She was a member of the Center Chapel Church of Christ and enjoyed traveling.

Services were conducted by Bro. Andy Connelly, Bro. Darrell Duncan and Bro. Pierce Dodson. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: her husband Melvis Nelson; mother Dora Mash Foriest; son Brandon (April) Nelson; grandchildren Emma and Evan Nelson; as well as numerous other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Burnice Foriest, and brother Jerry Foriest. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Rd., Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.

Mt. Juliets Bond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.