Nelson - Our dearly beloved Pernetha Joyce Bryant Nelson, loving mother, wife, daughter, and friend went home to be with the Lord on the morning of January 14th. She fought a long courageous battle and is now given her reward. Pernetha was born April 17, 1958, in Jacksonville, Florida. She grew up in a large family as the third of seven siblings. Her family was her everything. She was caring, giving, and brought joy to everyone in her life.
Pernetha graduated from Jean Ribault High School in 1977 where she enjoyed being in the band and was a majorette for the mighty trojans. After high school, she left home to go to college in Michigan. Homesick and missing her family, she came back to Jacksonville and entered cosmetology school. Pernetha had a true heart of service and excelled at hair styling. Her clients were loyal because they loved the way she took care of them. She met her husband Don in 1982 and married August 20, 1983. Pernetha always wanted to be a mother and have a big family of her own. She and Don welcomed their first child, Dionna into the world in 1985. In 1989, their son, Terance was born. She was the best mother a child could ask for, and a loving and dutiful wife. Pernetha had a passion for creativity that she handed down to her children. She was always crafting things in her free time. Pernetha enjoyed beautiful things and sharing them with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all, especially her family. We adore her with all our hearts.
Pernetha is preceded in homegoing by her grandmother and grandfather, Charles and Oplee Fennell; and her big sister and nephew, Rosalind and Brightric Brown. She is survived by her husband, Donald; children, Dionna and Terance; parents, Robert and Bessie Bryant; brothers and sisters, Robert Jr (Regina), Victoria (Ephraim), Charlotte Welsh (Robert), Charles (Dana), William, Roosevelt Sr, and Opal; many nephews, nieces, and friends. She will forever shine brightly in our hearts and memories.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Mrs. Pernetha Joyce Bryant Nelson, 12 Noon Saturday, January 22, 2022, at The Bethel Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street, Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr., Lead Pastor; Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr., Pastor Emeritus. Visitation Friday from 5 – 7 PM at The Soutel Chapel. Because of the love of her family, arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, 5065 Soutel Dr, 904.924.9400.
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