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Cora L. Nalls
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Cora L. Nalls, age 95, departed this life August 16, 2023. Mother Nalls was a faithful member of the Mt. Zion A.O.H. Church of God for more than 60 years, serving in numerous capacities such as the Dorcas Club under Elder Walter Locust, Usher Board under Elder James Finley and Bishop John Mathews, and a member of the Mother’s Board under Elder Darius Stanley. Cora retired from the Dayton Veteran Administration after 22 years of service, where she received numerous performance awards for outstanding service.
The first of five children, Cora was born to Horace and Sarah Rucker in Coila, Mississippi, in 1928. Cora and J. D. Nalls married in 1948 and celebrated 47 years of marriage until J. D.’s death. They were blessed with five children.
Cora was preceded in death by her parents: Horace and Sarah Rucker, her husband: J. D. Nalls, brothers: R.T Rucker, Chicago, IL.; Roosevelt Rucker, Memphis, TN.; Sons: John D. and Wayne Nalls, Daughter-in-law: Donna Nalls, all of Dayton, OH. She leaves to cherish her memories, sons: James Nalls of Dayton, OH, Melvin Nalls, (Veronica) of Birmingham, AL., Daughter: Gwendolyn Nalls (Daniel Baker) and daughter-in-law: Ida W. Nalls, all of Dayton, OH, two sisters: Jessie Booker of Los Angeles, CA. and Linette Ruff-Pierce of Aberdeen, MS. grandchildren: Adrian, Ryan (Vivian) and Justin Nalls, Michelle North, Jennifer Nalls, Duana Walcott, Wayne David, Trenton, Christopher (Victoria), Joshua and Jonathan, all of Dayton, Jeffrey Baker (Cindy) of Wilmington, DE, Amy Baker-Chang (C.J.), of Hanover, MD, Charles Baker, (Shannon) and Brian Baker of Dayton, Brian and Jason Nalls, Jeremiah McKinny, Jonathan and Lenard Clifton, all of Birmingham, AL, and Eric Pearson of Dayton, a host of great, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, her dear church family-including Mother Dorothy Figgers and a close niece for many years, Massie Slaughter-Hawkins.