Nellie Inell (Frank) Huguley was born March 29, 1934 in Colquitt, GA to father, Theodore Frank and mother, Clifford Howard. She spent her childhood in Canton, OH and graduated from Canton McKinley High School and soon became a wife and mother giving birth to two children, Byron and Valerie. Nellie began her career at Babcock & Wilcox as a maintenance worker, but really found her passion when she opened up her own restaurant, Nellie's Chicken Wings. She then went to Ford Motor Company where she continued her talents as a cook. In 1989 she moved to Columbus, Ohio to be closer to her sisters. She picked right back up where she left off and retained a position as a cook at Otterbein University. After leaving the workforce she decided to run a business of her own. Nellie was so gifted in her cooking abilities she successfully ran her very own catering business (Nell & Di’s) for many years. Nellie shared this gift and business with her family, often soliciting her children, grandchildren, niece and nephews to assist in setup, delivery, serving and any other task that required attention. Nellie blessed countless bellies with her delicious home cooked meals and mouthwatering desserts for everyone.
Nellie’s heart and purpose was greater than just blessing people with her cooking, she also blessed families as a caretaker. Nellie was a community childcare provider for over 30 years. Many of “Nana’s babies” are now adults and vividly remember her kind, caring guidance and her infamous “no-no” spoon. Nellie nurtured and cared for every child that crossed her path as her own.
For the last 15 years, Nellie faithfully served as the mother at the Empowerment Church. Mother Nellie proudly gave the Mother’s Day address annually to the church members and friends. She was a warm, welcoming, and angelic spirit at her church and loved by all. She was a longtime Christian accepting Christ at a young age and sharing the love of the Lord with her children, family and friends.
Nellie’s memory will be cherished by those who remember her for the little things; her love of
Maxwell House coffee brewed early in the wee hours of the morning. Her love of ice-cold Pepsi in a glass overfilled with big chunky ice that would barely graze her nose as she drank. Her perfectly comfortable bed where the young ones would nap, and home decor filled with her love of angels and cherubs. Nellie was a very spiritually intuitive soul who exhibited poise, elegance and perfect social and traditional etiquette. Her memory will be cherished by everyone who had the privilege to have known her.
Nellie will reunite with a host of loved ones who preceded her transition. Her father, Theodore Frank, mother, Clifford Howard, and step-father, Young Howard. Her beloved son, Byron Huguley and siblings Diana Ferguson, Viester Ferguson, Robert Howard, Martha King, Donna Mae McElroy, Lizzie McElroy, and Betty Walker.
Nellie will be truly missed by those left to cherish her memory, her siblings, Stanley Howard, Deidre Hughes, and Enoch (Sonja) Howard Sr.; daughter, Valerie (Warren) Spaulding; grandchildren, Antwione Spaulding, Sakia (Roderick) Ike, Rahil (Tiffany) Huguley, and Byron “BT'' Huguley. Nellie had seven great-grandchildren, Iman Lawrence, MyKayla Lanier, Ikera Ike, Mahogany Huguley, Zuri Huguley, Xavier Huguley and Gavyn Spaulding; and a host of other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitation 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon Friday, July 9, 2021 at Cook & Son-Pallay Funeral Home, 1631 Parsons Ave., where funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon. Apostle Darin Allen officiating. Interment following service at Northlawn Memory Gardens, 7060 OH-3, Westerville, OH 43082.
The repast is immediately following the interment at St. James Christian Center (SJCC Event) 2713 Northland Plaza Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43231
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