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Obituary – Nancy Marie Hood Neely

Nancy Marie Hood Neely, 67, a retired Teacher of Coahoma County and Lee Academy, died Thursday, May 9, 2019 at her home. Visitation was Saturday May 11, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Church of Christ in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Funeral services were at 12 p.m. on Saturday at the Church of Christ in Clarksdale with burial in the Oakridge Cemetery. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Neely attended Mississippi College for Women, received her Bachelor’s Degree at Mississippi State University, and Master’s Degree in Special Education at Delta State University.  She was a lifetime member of Clarksdale Church of Christ.  She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Retired Teachers Association and received many awards such as CCHS Star Teacher, Teacher of the Year, and District Teacher of the Year.  She was nominated for Teacher of the Year for the state of Mississippi.  She retired from teaching in 2015.  She received the DAR Good Citizenship Recipient two years in a row at CCHS.  She was a mentor teacher and active sponsor for many educational programs including Beta Club, Deca Club, Senior Sponsor, Student Council, Homecoming Sponsor and many more.  She earned a BS in Home Economics and Master’s in Special Education.  She taught Home Economics, Science, Special Education, Life Skills and Computer.  She was a Vocational and Technical Education Director.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  She touched many lives throughout her career because of her dedication to her students.  

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Grey L. Neely, Jr. of Olive Branch, Mississippi; daughter, Rose Marie Neely Bennett (Craig) of Olive Branch; brother Tildon Wayne Hood (Kimberly) of Oakridge, Tennessee; nieces, Elizabeth Deaton and Laura Jane Hood; grandchildren, Timothy Bennett, Blake Bennett, Dylan Bennett, Brice McKiddy, Sierra McKiddy, Raistlin McKiddy and Tristan McKiddy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tildon “Pappy” and Rose Marie Couch Hood; and sister, Rebecca Hood-Adams.