Ella Joe Cone Nelms, 86, a retired bookkeeper, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service is noon Saturday, Feb. 16, at Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco. Pastor Zach Tunnell will officiate.
Joe was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Cisco to Robert and Ora (Tipton) Nelms. She married Lillard Jordon Nelms March 15, 1946, in Cisco. Joe was a bookkeeper at First National Bank of Bridgeport before retiring. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Joe was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Dimple Cotton and Dot Rosser; and her brother, Robert Cone.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, L.J. Nelms of Bridgeport; sons Robert Nelms and wife, Shirley, of Carrollton, Steven Nelms and wife, Elizabeth, of Carrollton, Phillip Nelms and wife, Jana, of Katy, and Joe Wayne and wife, Paige, of Decatur; grandchildren Amanda, Jenni, Natalie, Lauren, Josh, Kendall, Kainen, Leslie, Devin and Kristin; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Emma Morris of Cisco; other family members; and a host of friends.