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Alice Joyce Elam

August 15, 1946 — November 1, 2021

Like a ship that has left its mooring and sails, bravely out to sea Alice Joyce Elam, affectionately known as ‘Nippy” sailed away, in calm serenity. She was born to the parents of Lilly Mae Frazier-Elam and James Howard Elam, in Lilharrigan, Tennessee. She departed this earthly life and gained her heavenly wings on Monday, November 1, 2021.
Alice accepted Christ, as her Lord and Savior and was baptized at an early age and united with First Street Missionary Baptist Church, Nashville, TN. She received her education in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School system, where she graduated from Meigs High School.
Alice was employed by Meharry Hospital, where she served for over 31 years, until she retired, due to her failing health. She loved to travel, shop, volunteer at nursing homes and community centers, listening to music, crossword book puzzles, and photography.
Nippy was a delightful person, kind, considerate, understanding, and indeed a person, who deeply loved her family and friends. Her pleasant disposition, warm smile and winning ways will long be remembered, by her family and friends, who were privileged to know and love her. As she bore her suffering with patience, she possessed a vast abundance of love, beauty, determination, will power and faith.

She leaves to cherish her memories a devoted son, Shawn Lamont Elam; friend, Annetta Earthman; three grandsons, Shawn Lymon, Desmond Lymon, Shawn Elam Jr.; three granddaughters, Naketta (Maruts Mohammed)Lymon, Ashawnee Elam, Zaquitsha (Shimels Mohammed)Lymon; brother, Charles Patton; four great grandchildren, Omari Mohammed Lymon, Ma’nija Lymon, Daniel Mohammed-Lymon, Maria Mohommed; devoted friends, Nannette Hall, Carolyn Fisher, Gwen Marable, Joann Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, others relatives, and many friends. Viewing Monday, November 8, 2021, 1-6, Funeral Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 12:00 at First Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1206 Montgomery Avenue, Nashville TN 37207. Burial in Elam Family Cemetery.

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