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Nancy Hargrove Self Pepper, 98, of Athens, went home to her Heavenly father on her birthday, January 29, 2018. 
A celebration of her life will be at Spry Funeral Home Chapel in Athens at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 1, with Larry Remmington and Mike Green officiating. Burial at Shady Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, at Spry Funeral Home. 
She was born January 29, 1920, to Johnny Felton Hargrove and Clara Clem Hargrove of Ardmore. She was a member of Round Island Baptist Church, was involved in women's missions and taught women's Sunday School class. She enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her family.
Nancy attended Ardmore High School, where she loved playing basketball. She married her high school sweetheart, and they had three children. While her husband served in the Navy during World War II, she became employed at Redstone Arsenal on the ammunition lines. 
After the post-war untimely death of her husband, she continued to work and became a self-taught typist in order to provide for her three young children. Years later, she remarried and had two children. 
Nancy retired from Redstone Arsenal in 1986 after 33 years of service as an administrative officer, where she was a supervisor for three departments and reported to an U.S. Army colonel. She said she loved every minute of her work in that position.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lloyd T. Self; sister, Annie Jewel Hodges; and brothers, Jamie Hargrove and J.C. Hargrove. She was survived by her children, Nancy (Bobby) Beach, Judy (Bryan) Kennedy, Lloyd (Barbara) Self, Lanelle (Ricky) Marchant and Frankie (Mark) Garner; special grandchildren, Leigh Beach, Bobby Beach, Nicole Harris, Ashley Daly, Butch Self, Dawn Filyaw, Emily Marchant, Daniel Marchant, Julia Edmondson, Brandon Black and Alexander Garner; and five great-grandchildren.  
The family would like to express appreciation to caring friends of Amedisys Hospice of Huntsville, Senior Care of Huntsville, Regency Towers of Huntsville, Merrill Gardens of Madison, Senior Rehab and Recovery of Athens and Drs. Vijaya K. Konerui, William Shergy and M. Asim Khan.
Published on January 30, 2018
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