Nancy Ann Brame Dumbell

November 27, 2019

Charlotte – Nancy Ann Brame Dumbell, 95, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.  Born October 3, 1924 in Charlotte, she was the daughter of the late Grace Thomas Price Brame and Peter Joyner Brame, Jr.

Nancy grew up in Charlotte and graduated from the former Central High School in 1942.  She attended Queens College and later graduated from UNC Women’s College (now UNC-Greensboro) in 1946. Returning to Charlotte, Nancy began work with The Charlotte News, after which she did freelance public relations work.  Shortly after graduating from college she met Jimmy Dumbell, who she married in 1948.  They were married fifty-four years until his death in 2002. 

Nancy was fortunate to have many friends throughout her life.  She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, playing board and card games as they grew.  The Seaview Inn at Pawleys Island was her favorite place to vacation, and it became the site of many family reunions.  Over the years she made lasting friendships with other guests at the Seaview, many of whom visited her at home when she was no longer able to travel.

Nancy is survived by her son, Jim Dunville; daughter, Elizabeth Dumbell Clarke; and her grandchildren.  The family wishes to extend a very special thanks to her caregivers and to Novant Health Hospice Services for their compassionate support.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte.  A reception in the Parish Hall will immediately follow the service.  Parking is available in the parking deck across from St. Peter’s on 7th Street. Tickets will be validated at the church. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Endowment, 115 W. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3101 Industrial Drive Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at



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  • Margaret Bunker King

    Jim: I was sorry to hear about your Mother. I remember her so well when we were at Cotswold. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Margaret Bunker King

  • Gwen Fox

    Our family knew Nancy for all of the 45 years we have lived on Coddington Place. Our daughter, now 48, as a child took care of Nancy’s cats when she was away..Our sons Will and Jim sometimes cut her grass. Until the last year Nancy and I had some good conversations on her welcoming front porch and she never hesitated to tell me of the wonderful children who came by and sat with her on that porch. They were such a delight for her.
    Each year near the first of December I brought Nancy a poinsettia for Christmas. She received that gift as if it was the best Christmas present she received during the holidays. I am sad that I no longer have the privilege of taking something to Nancy during this special time of the year but heaven is a better place with Miss Nancy gracing their halls.
    The entire Fox family send sympathy to her family.
    Bill,Gwen. Will, Jim, and Fran

  • Amanda Bailey and Family

    We loved knowing Ms Nancy (as we called her this for our kids). Ms. Nancy was our next door neighbor for 10 years. I have so many fond memories of Nancy and her sweet smile. She was the first person standing in our driveway the day we brought my son Price home from the hospital days after he was born. She was thrilled to see him and be the first to hold him. She ALWAYS had frozen homemade chocolate chip cookies in her freezer ready to pull out any time to share with our children. Each and every holiday she thought of the kids giving them a sweet treat. She was so kind and giving. My memories also include watching her walk the neighborhood with her sweater draped over her shoulders. She kindly engaged everyone and loved welcoming you in for a visit. I remember her sweet Christmas tree with the large colorful bulbs always visible in the front window. And I enjoyed hearing the stories of her memorable trips to Pawleys Island with friends. One of her last trips she asked that myself and a neighbor help her to load her luggage in the car, which she was unable to do, for that yearly trip with her dear friend. I was nervous to watch her drive off. And all the phone calls, we were so happy Ms. Nancy could count on us as neighbors.
    Thank you Ms Nancy for your friendship and being a sweet neighbor, you will always be remembered.... all our love, Norwood, Amanda, Leigh and Price Bailey

  • Sassy and Brian Henry

    Sassy and I are owners of Sea View Inn.
    We loved Nancy and really enjoyed getting to know her. She began visiting Sea View Inn during the early 1940’s. She attended multiple times per year and we always delighted that she made it such a big part of her life.
    My fondest memory was when Nancy played “Mother may I” on the long back porch with our very young daughters in early 2000’s. It was one of many moments where Nancy showed her indelible spirit and zest for life. She was loved by so many guests and commanded the living room when she was there.
    We will miss Nancy. She was the longest tenured guest ever at Sea View and she absolutely left her mark on the inn, the staff, the guests, and every innkeeper over the years. She was a guest during every single innkeepers’ ownership.

  • Noeleen Griffin

    She was blessed with loving children, I loved hearing you, Elizabeth, talk about your Mom. Your attention and care was evident in how you would talk about the days events, or relay a story. My Mom passed away 7 years ago and I think of her all the time, memories of times with her keep her in my heart. May you be blessed with warm thoughts too.

  • Martina Reisz Newberry

    Nancy Ann Brame Dumbell was so kind and welcoming to me when I visited there. She was charming and dear. I loved her.