Nell Kimbrough Schneider

Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on March 19, 1943

Departed on March 24, 2020 and resided in Brentwood, Tennessee

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Nell Oakley Kimbrough Schneider passed away peacefully on March 24, 2020 following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Nell was born in Fort Smith, AR on March 19, 1943 to William Bradley Kimbrough and Nell Dyer Ashley, both of Jeanerette, LA. She grew up in Ozark, AR and lived there until the age of 14, when her family moved to Lafayette, LA. Nell was a graduate of Lafayette High School where she was a varsity cheerleader and class sweetheart.

After high school, she married John Tolson III, MD and they had four children: Nell Ashley Tolson; John Tolson IV (Bessie); Katherine Tolson Selph (Mike) and Carol Lynn Tolson Daigle. She was active in several civic organizations including the Junior League of Lafayette and the Lafayette Medical Auxiliary.

In 1995, she moved to Nashville, TN and began her career in Real Estate. On July 10, 1999, she married Jack S. Schneider of Anniston, AL. Nell was an excellent cook, loved to entertain, travel with her sisters, play golf, and especially enjoyed visits with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Jack, her four children, her sisters Karolyn K. Broussard (Stephen) and Elizabeth K. Norwood (Noel), her sisters in law Pam Fellman Kimbrough (Bradley), Kathleen Kimbrough (Stephen) and Pamela Marsalis Kimbrough (Michael); her step children: Jack, Jr.; Drew (Janet); and Ross Schneider and Carolyn Sutton (Barrett), Noel B. Norwood III (godchild) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Additional survivors include her eight grandchildren - D. Hunter Nezat (Jamie), Margaret Nezat Harrelson (Matt), Julie Tolson Milan (Jordan), John “Johnny” Tolson V, Sarah Elizabeth “Sarah Beth” Selph, Luke Andrew “Drew” Daigle, Ellen Daigle Tyler and Ryan Wesley Selph and her eight great grandchildren – Olivia and Avery Nezat, Claire, Aubrey and Caroline Harrelson; Patrick Milan; and Katie and Kylie Tyler.

Nell is preceded in death by her parents and her three brothers William Bradley, Jr., Stephen C. and Michael A. Kimbrough.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank Nell’s physicians Robert J. Sinard, MD and Jill Gilbert, MD for their years of compassionate and professional care and also the Palliative Care 5th Floor - Round Wing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

A small private service will be held in Nashville, TN on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens (Hwy. 100) for immediate family only. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the Schneider family in care of Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens at

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Nell’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis TN.

15 Comments to Nell Kimbrough Schneider

  1. Annette Busch
    March 26, 2020 2:09 pm

    Bill and I were so sorry to hear about Nell but I know she had suffered for a long time. Nell was a wonderful person in so many ways. May God be with all of you. I know you will miss her.

  2. Mindy Colomb
    March 26, 2020 4:54 pm

    So very saddened to hear of you mother’s passing. Truly beautiful inside and out!! May she feel the peace and love of our Lord. God bless!
    Mindy May Colomb and family
    Enola, Bobby and Rob May

  3. Rennie Kimbrough
    March 26, 2020 5:44 pm

    Aunt Nell,
    I never got to meet you formally but Aunt Elizabeth spoke about you. Words cant express the hurt we all felt when received the notice.
    One day I will meet you and those are visions I will forever have. God bless you and may rest in peace.
    I am very thankful to be able to say that you are my Aunt.

    With love, Rennie Kimbrough

    March 26, 2020 6:28 pm

    So many countless memories of Miss Nell during my childhood. She was always cooking something delicious in the kitchen and loved her family so well. The entire Klentos family send our love and prayers!

    He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
    Psalm 147:3

  5. Margaret (Peg) Fischer
    March 26, 2020 7:16 pm

    I knew Nell through her son John. She was a very lovely lady and friend. It was my pleasure to know her.

  6. Kathleen Kimbrough
    March 26, 2020 9:44 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Nell’s passing . She put up a courageous battle. All my prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Gail Tena
    March 26, 2020 10:11 pm

    I will miss Nell’s graciousness — and her baking! A lovely person, inside and out. She was so loved by my dear friend, her daughter Carol Lynn, who took such loving care of Nell through all of her health issues. It was my great joy to have known Nell Schneider. May she rest with the angels now.

    God bless you, Lynn. And Ellen and Drew.
    Love to you all,
    Gail Tena

  8. Jessica Qualls
    March 26, 2020 10:15 pm

    Im so thankful to have known such a lovely lady. I will miss her sweet nature and hugs.

  9. Rena and Clayton Cole and family
    March 27, 2020 5:45 am

    To Nell, John, Katherine, Carol Lynn and their families.
    And to the Schneider family
    We were related by marriage, but always claimed her as
    a sister. Her thoughtfulness, sweet spirit and kindness
    were always shared with her family and friends.
    She will be greatly missed by many.
    She had an escort to Heaven by the Angels where there
    will be no more tears or sorrow. There she will be whole again with a perfect healthy body in the presence of Jesus and those loved ones who have gone on before her.

  10. Betty and Gene Daigle
    March 27, 2020 5:05 pm

    Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers in the loss of your loved one .Nell was such a beautiful lady. She will surely be missed by all.

  11. Laura Daly Williams
    March 28, 2020 10:39 am

    She was truly a lady who did everything with grace and elegance.

  12. Fran Freeland Yanity
    March 28, 2020 11:08 am

    Sending love and prayers from the Freeland family on the passing of Miss Nell. She was a lovely lady inside and out. She will be missed! Thinking of you all during this time.

  13. Clarice Burch and Carla Burch Johnson and family
    March 28, 2020 11:18 am

    Our deepest sympathy and love to your family and our longtime friends. Nell was so beautiful and kind, and I know you will miss her so much. Our prayers and thoughts are with you for peace and comfort in this difficult time.

  14. Shirley McLeod
    March 28, 2020 12:00 pm

    Jim and I had the pleasure of working with Nell at Folk Jordan Co when she was in real estate. She was a special lady and we enjoyed our association with her so much. Through her I became acquainted with Carol Lynn and her sweet children
    We are saddened to learn of Nell’s passing and please know that all of her family will be in our prayers and thoughts through this difficult time.

  15. Lynda Judice
    March 28, 2020 12:19 pm

    Nell, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories of her live in your heart forever.
    -Lynda and Gerald Judice

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