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Nancy Alley Evins

Nancy Alley Evins, a well-known Middle Tennessee clinical hypnotherapist and frequent newspaper columnist, died August 20, 2018. She was 83.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, August 24 at the First Baptist Church in Lebanon, 227 East Main St. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. A sunset graveside service will follow.

Survivors include a son, Edgar (Kim) Evins Jr.; a daughter, Karlen Rose Evins; and granddaughters, Tiffany Evins (Alex) Byrd and Shannon McCartney Evins. She was preceded in death by parents, Carl Milton Alley and Helen Rose Rector Alley.

Mrs. Evins joined the First Baptist Church in Lake City, TN., at age six where she worshipped until her move to Lebanon, TN. Years later she joined First Baptist Church of Lebanon, serving as a Vacation Bible School teacher, Sunday school teacher, and various church committees.

A 1952 graduate of Lake City High School, Mrs. Evins was the class valedictorian and voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” She also was editor of the yearbook, president of her Junior Class, the Beta Club, and the 4-H club where she won several public speaking awards. Her essay won second prize in the national Beta Club magazine, and was she awarded the DAR award in her senior year; she also was vice president of her Senior Class.

Mrs. Evins majored in Business at the University of Tennessee, where she was president of the Independent Students Association (ISA), Queen of Spades for the American College of Engineers, and Miss ISA. She was elected to the Business Board and Women Student Government Association and was a member of the U-T Army ROTC.

Mrs. Evins received a Master’s degree in Theology at Scarritt College and opened a practice of clinical hypnotherapy. She was a frequent columnist for The Tennessean and often was a Three-Star letter writer. A Silver Life Master in bridge, Mrs. Evins attended the Vanderbilt Bridge Club until her death.

Mrs. Evins also was an amateur artist who sold some of her oil paintings through Cracker Barrel in the store’s early years. Two of her prized possessions were a poem written for her by renowned poet Ogden Nash and a letter written to her in her college days by Ralph Nader, who commended her on her consistent ethical standards.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME, in charge of Arrangements.



Messages for the Family

  1. Donna and Ray Dykes says:
    We are sad to know that Nancy is no longer among us. She was a wonderful, intelligent human being. It was a joy and, indeed, a privilege to know her and to exchange ideas with her. She made the world brighter and better, and we will miss her greatly.