Nellie C. Bryan, 98, former director of the Neptune Festival

Nellie C. Bryan
Nellie C. Bryan

Nellie C. Bryan, 98, passed away Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at her home. She was born in Greenville, North Carolina, to the late George and Esther Curry. Nellie was the widow of William B. (Oscar) Bryan.

She was also preceded in death by her sons, William Earl Bryan and James E. Bryan; sister, Thelma C. Coates; and brother, A.G. Curry.

She is survived by her loving son, Allan, and his wife, Joan Bryan; grandson, Randy Bryan, and his wife, Rae, and their three daughters, Virginia, Margaret Ann and Lucy of New Orleans; granddaughter, Lara Tedrow, and her daughter and son, Katie Willyerd and Nate Tedrow; nieces, Barbara Ann Church and Barbara Lee Minero; devoted caregiver, Salma Abdurahim; and many close friends to cherish her memory.

Nellie lived a full and happy life caring for her family and serving on many committees at First Methodist Church of Norfolk. Nellie and her sons were devoted to Oscar’s horse show career, which allowed them to travel to surrounding states. She became involved in fashion show work at Sears and Roebuck as a fashion consultant. This began a fashion career that lasted for approximately 60 years.

She was the director of the Miss Norfolk Beauty Pageant for 10 years and the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival for five years. She was hired by CBN to head their wardrobe department for their expanded broadcasts. While at CBN, she was one of the producers of The Doris Day Show.

Nellie was a very active member of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Board headed by Peter G. Decker. In 1990, she produced the first Gourmet Gala at the Marriott Hotel in Norfolk. She was very proud that her gala became the principle local fundraiser for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital located in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1991, Nellie was honored to be named St. Jude National Volunteer of the Year.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at Spring Branch Community Church, Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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