Official Obituary of

Hattie Ella (Belton) Nunley

January 1, 1952 ~ August 29, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old

Hattie Nunley Obituary

Mrs. Hattie Ella Belton-Nunley, 71, was born on January 1, 1952, and was the youngest of the eleven children born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Sam and Minne Drakeford Belton of Camden, South Carolina. She entered eternal rest, surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at Providence Baptist Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.
Hattie received her education in Kershaw County Public Schools, being the last graduating class of Jackson High School in 1970. She then married Leonard Nunley of Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Thanksgiving Day of 1972 at Zion Hill AME Zion Church.  Her employment career consists of jobs in Camden, South Carolina, 
New Haven, Connecticut, and Boston, Massachusetts, where she resided for many years. Hattie went on to have a respected and distinguished career with the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company (now known as Verizon), from which she eventually retired in 2001.

Hattie was a devoted servant of the Lord. She began her Christian journey at Zion Hill A.M.E. Zion Church serving as an usher, deaconess, missionary, and pastor’s secretary for many years. She served as the last active and surviving member of Zion Hill A.M.E. Church until the doors were closed. Up until her last days she had weekly fellowship with some of her Jehovah Witness friends every Wednesday morning.

Hattie was a spunky, outgoing person. Her greatest joy was her family, grands, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed living life and enjoying it every step of the way regardless of age. She loved purple, enjoyed playing Spider Solitaire, and she loved a ribeye steak dinner. She enjoyed watching world news, soap operas, as well as NBA/NFL games with her grand- and great-grandsons. 

She is survived by a loving daughter, Cozette Yolanda Forbes (Jason) of Camden, SC; five grandchildren, Cassandra Nunley (Anthony) of Patrick, SC, Shanira Villafane-Leclair (Ryan) of Woonsocket, RI, Jason and Jalyn Forbes, and Jy Nunley of Camden, SC; one sister, Mattie Grant of Hempstead, NY; one brother, John Belton (Surethea) of Ansonia, CT; nine great-grandchildren, Josiah, Ja’Niyah and Jeriah (Cass), Ileana, and Eloise (Shanira) Isabella, Jason “Baby J” III, Jeremiah, and Jaliyah (Jason) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, Hattie was preceded in death by two sisters, Emma Jones and Jessie Bulter and four brothers, Horace Belton, Sam Belton, Jr., Charles Belton, and Curtis Belton.


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September 4, 2023

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Nelson-Haile Funeral Home
919 Church Street
Camden, SC 29020

Funeral Service
September 5, 2023

11:00 AM
Edwards Chapel AME Zion Church
815 Laurens Street
Camden, SC 29020

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Interment following funeral service
September 5, 2023

Belton Cemetery
Flat Rock Road
Camden, SC 29020


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