Nancy LeElla Puckett Bell

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Nancy LeElla Hudgens Puckett Bell, 85.

Woodbury resident and White County, Tn native Nancy LeElla Hudgens Puckett Bell, 85, was born April 23, 1939 and died peacefully at her home on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

She was the daughter of the late Milburn and Rebecca Fancher Hudgens of Sparta, Tn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Dr. Larry Jackson Puckett of Smithville, and by her sister Barbara Hudgens Crouch of Cookeville, maternal grandparents Thomas and Nannie Brown Fancher of Sparta and paternal grandparents Willie Hampton Hudgens and LeElla Cummings Hudgens of Sparta.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. James Bell, of Woodbury, son David Puckett (Cheryl), Clearwater Beach, Florida, daughter, Amy Puckett Corley (Michael), McMinnville, TN, sister Mary (Sissy) Leech, Nashville, four grandchildren, Peter Corley (Kasie), Luke Corley, Nealie Puckett Miller (Justin), Montana Puckett; 4 great-grandchildren Henry Jackson Corley, Evelyn Grace Corley, Jackson Cedar Miller, and August River Miller.

Mrs. Nancy was a devoted Christian, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and housewife. She was a help and comfort to her husband, a loving mother and grandmother who spent many hours feeding, reading to, and playing with her grandchildren. She enjoyed making a beautiful, warm, and welcoming home, cooking, painting, writing stories, growing flowers, and most of all spending time with her family, friends, and church. She was a diligent student of the Bible, which led her to treat everyone with kindness, warmth, and friendliness.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Sunday, March 24, 2024 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Dan Gulley officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Holly Cemetery, Smithville, Tennessee, next to her beloved husband, Larry. A visitation will be held Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements, 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences and memories for her family, please visit

Memorial contributions may be made to Woodbury Church of Christ, Woodbury, Tn or Kids of the Community, McMinnville, Tn

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