Nancy Ellen Collins Eastridge passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at Wellmont Hospice House of Bristol, leaving behind a legacy of faith, hope, and perseverance to her children, family and friends.
Nancy was born in Marion, North Carolina on December 4, 1964 to the Rev. Roy O. and Nancy Collins. She was a graduate of Carson-Newman college and worked as a nurse at St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Memphis after receiving her nursing degree at The University of Tennessee at Memphis. Nancy also earned her Juris Doctor degree at The University of Tennessee College of Law; she practiced law for a number of years with the Law Firm of Hunter, Smith, and Davis in Kingsport.
Nancy later responded to her call to ministry by attending seminary and graduating from The Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. She served as Associate Pastor of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory University campus and was later appointed as an Associate Pastor to Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City, where she was serving as Executive Pastor at the time of her death. Her life was her sermon and a testament to her faith in Jesus Christ our Savior.
She is preceded in death by her father, the Rev. Roy O. Collins, Jr. Nancy was particularly devoted to her children and to her broader family.
In addition to her mother, Nancy Collins, Johnson City, she survived by her husband, Michael A. Eastridge, and children, Hannah and Ben Phillips; brother: the Rev. Roc Collins and wife Jeralyn; brother-in-law: Wesley V. Eastridge and wife Joy; sister-in-law: Karen Eastridge; Brother-in-law, Brad Eastridge; nephews: Ro Collins, Noah Collins, Sam Eastridge, Tim Eastridge; nieces: Chrissy Eastridge, Caitlin Maxey and Amanda Biltz; and father-in-law, J. Vance Eastridge and wife Carlene.
Her love was warmly extended to her aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family.
A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Nancy will be held on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 3:00 PM at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 PM at the church fellowship hall and a brief reception afterwards.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be donated to Munsey Memorial United Methodist, 201 East Market Street, Johnson City, TN 37601
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family and viewed online at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com or faxed to (423) 610-7177.
Arrangements for the Eastridge family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples St., Johnson City, TN 37604. (423) 610-7171