After 38 years, Nell Mohney retires from column writing

After 38 years, Nell Mohney retires from column writing

Nell Mohney, 94: "Her love of God and caring for others have strengthened my faith as I see how she lives, what she writes." (Photo by Angela Lewis Foster/ Times Free Press)

By Karen Nazor Hill/ Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Nov. 1, 2015) -- At 94, the 5-foot 2-inch lady is a ball of vitality. So it comes as a surprise to many of her friends and family that she's hanging up her writing pen. A columnist at the Chattanooga Times Free Press since 1978, Mohney has decided to drop the deadline duties and focus mostly on motivational speaking engagements that continue to crowd her calendar.

Sitting down to discuss her life and career, Mohney is interrupted with multiple phone calls within the first five minutes; finally, she decides to just let the calls go to voice mail.

Smart, friendly, kind and always fashionable, Mohney has a lot to talk about, and her memories are vivid. A native of North Carolina, she moved to Chattanooga in 1965 when her late husband, the Rev. Ralph Mohney, began pastoring at First-Centenary United Methodist Church downtown. She recalls their life together with joy and reverence.

It was love at first sight for the couple, who met at a Methodist church conference in 1947.

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