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Mary Opal (Nettles) Preyer

May 22, 1937 ~ September 4, 2017 (age 80)

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Mary Opal (Nettles) Preyer was born on May 22, 1937, to Walter Scott and Elizabeth Clausell Nettles. She became a member of Bethel Baptist #2 Church in Monroeville at an early age and was the pianist for the Sunday School and Male Choir for a while.


She attended Monroe County Public Schools and furthered her education at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Secretarial Sciences. After graduation, Mary Opal returned home and reunited with her church family where she was active in various ministries including the Usher Board and the Missionary Circles of Bethel Baptist Church #2. Later, she married the love of her life and two children, Traci Renee and Melvin Sherard were born to this union.


“Bunny”, as she was affectionately known by those who loved her, was a jewel. Her soft disposition and kind heart often extended outside of biological family. There was a special place in her heart for Jarvis Jermaine, Jasmine Stalaycia, Taylar Stantajah, Monterrius Donte’, TraLisa Lashon, Celby Lachon, and Mykemia Diara. They all loved their “Nana” to pieces. She had a loving hug and warm smile for so many children.  Mary had an opportunity to see her two granddaughters, Ashelan and Carsyn, receive many awards and recognitions. This was her main conversation piece whenever she had an opportunity share the news.


Mary received her new home on September 4, 2017. Her memory will live on in the hearts of her children: Melvin Sherard (Erika) Preyer and Traci Renee Preyer; and her grandchildren, Ashelan  M'Lyiah Preyer and Carsyn Eman Preyer all of Monroeville, AL; her brother: Apostle Robert (Jackie) McClain of Oxford, AL; one god-daughter: Rosaughn (Tommy) Thompson of Mobile, AL; two nephews: Charles McClain of Huntsville, AL and Duane (Reghan) McClain of Atlanta, GA; a great nephew: Duane McClain, Jr.; her bonus daughter: Tracy (Kendrick) Ruffin; a very close cousin: Sue Tucker; a special friend: Annie Ree Lyons; many other loved relatives and friends. God showed himself strong in Mary’s life for 80 years. Now, she has moved to the place of “no-mores”.  There will be no more sickness and pain in her new home.                                                                                                                                                                            


 Praise God for fulfilling His promise!


 Service Information

September 8, 2017

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Banks Memorial Funeral Home & Cremations
1565 Highway 84 West
Monroeville, AL 36460

Funeral Service
September 9, 2017

11:00 AM
Bethel Baptist Church
120 Clausell Road
Monroeville, Alabama 36460

Interment following funeral service
September 9, 2017

Bethel Baptist Church #2 Cemetery
120 Clausell Road
Monreoville, AL 36460

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