It is with sadness that we announce that long-time member Lorie Michelle Shauntee-Nelson passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017 in Nashville, TN surrounded by family and loved ones at the age of 59.
Lorie’s passion for helping others and being a role model for women led her to be a founding board member of the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum in 2010. SAWF is a non-profit which promotes women in the automotive industry. During the first years of the organization in her many roles, she was an ambassador who used her vast network to bring women together to make the organization a success.
In SAWF’s first year, two scholarships were given. Both were due to Lorie’s commitment to the organization as she raised the money personally. These first scholarships gave SAWF credibility in its mission and visions and was the springboard to the current success of over $200,000 given away to date. As raising money for SAWF Scholarships was one of Lorie’s full time passions, it is only fitting that we create an annual Scholarship in her memory so that the future she was so focused on improving continues.
Lorie was born in Terre Haute, Indiana to John A. and Barbara Jean Compton (both of whom preceded her in death). Lorie grew up in large loving family with four brothers John Jr. (who precedes her in death), Stanley, Michael, and Richard and two sisters Leslie King and Lynn Matthews.
Lorie was a radiant soul, she loved the Lord and enjoyed her membership at Cathedral of Praise. She loved life and loved her children and family. The void left by her passing is widespread but her presence will always be near.
Lorie leaves behind her loving husband Elder Phillip Nelson, her son Shadric Bazier, her daughter Kristal Clayton, and granddaughter Ashley Bazier; and a host of other loved ones and friends.
Members of SAWF met with Lorie's friends and family to celebrate her life last week in Nashville, TN.
Lorie's family has asked that along with or in lieu of flowers, please send donations to:
Southern Women's Automotive Forum
C.O. SAWF Lorie Shauntee-Nelson Memorial Scholarship
P.O. Box 60128
Nashville, TN. 37206
Donations may be made online.
“Never underestimate the impact of a small group of people to change, the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has." To paraphrase Margaret Meade, you could substitute Lorie’s name. Never underestimate the impact that Lorie had on positive change in the world.