Services held for V. Nelle Bellamy, former Episcopal Church archivist

January 4, 2010

V. Nelle Bellamy, 87, archivist for the Episcopal Church for more than 30 years, died Dec. 23 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was buried on Dec. 30 after a memorial service at St. John's Episcopal Church, Johnson City.

The church's current archivist, Mark Duffy, said in a recent statement that his predecessor brought "professional oversight" to the Episcopal Church's Archives.

Bellamy was born September 19, 1922 in Knoxville, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Rev. Thomas M. Bellamy and Minnie Deakins Bellamy, according to an obituary published here. Her father was an ordained minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church and in the Methodist Church.

Bellamy graduated from East Tennessee State College in 1945. She enrolled in the seminary of Duke University, Durham, North Carolina in 1946. She studied in the seminary there for two years before enrolling in the Department of Religion, where she earned a master's degree and a PhD. During her studies at Duke, she became an Episcopalian.

From 1959-1992, Bellamy lived in Austin, Texas where she was employed as an adjunct professor in the Seminary of the Southwest and as the archivist of the Episcopal Church. She developed an archival program for the church and traveled extensively collecting materials for the archive, the obituary said.

Bellamy practiced the disciplines of the Benedictines as an oblate of the community of St. Mary's Abbey in West Malling, England, and actively served her congregation at St. John's.

She was living at Colonial Hill Retirement Center in Johnson City at the time of her death. Bellamy was preceded in death by one brother, James Bellamy. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Sam Neeley (Betty), Johnson City; a sister-in-law, Mrs. James Bellamy (Anna), Powell, Tennessee; a godson, Sam Palmer of northern Virginia; and several cousins.

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