The Virginian-Pilot
                             THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT 
              Copyright (c) 1996, Landmark Communications, Inc.

DATE: Wednesday, January 31, 1996            TAG: 9601310360
SECTION: LOCAL                    PAGE: B5   EDITION: FINAL 
DATELINE: TAYLORS, S.C.                      LENGTH: Short :   47 lines


Nan Stephens Trammell Herring, 88, of 222 Wood Road, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 1996.

Born in Belton, S.C., she was a daughter of the late William Trammell Sr. and Sarah Chiles Trammell. While she was young, the family moved to Greenville where she became active in her community and church. Mrs. Herring was an honor graduate of Greenville Womans College, Class of 1929. While a student at the Womans College, she was frequently invited to sing at social gatherings. In her repertoire was a beautiful folk ballad she learned on a visit to Georgia. ``Brown Eyes'' has since become a cherished Furman tradition.

After graduating with a Master's degree in English from Cornell and teaching in the Greenville Public Schools for a year, Mrs. Herring married James Alexander ``Alex'' Herring in 1932. They both attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and were appointed as missionaries to China by the Foreign Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1935. Though war and political instability twice interrupted their missionary service, they ministered among the Chinese people for more than 30 years, first in China and later in Taiwan. During interim periods, they served churches in Greenville, Moultrie, Ga., Culowhee, and Jackson, Miss.

Her husband, Rev. James Alexander Herring, died April 7, 1995. Nan was a supportive wife and nurturing mother, as well as a gifted and patient teacher whose quick wit and sense of humor were her hallmark. But above all, she was a dedicated servant of God who believed there was no higher calling or service.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Sarah Alice and Larry Edwards of Taylors and Mrs. Nan Herring and Greg Scott of Corvallis, Ore.; two sons, James A. Herring Jr. of Maryville, Tenn., and Gordon Real Herring of Virginia Beach; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Gene Nash Trammell of Greer and Mary Herring of Raleigh, N.C.

Memorials may be made to the Nan Trammell Herring Music Pavilion, c/o Furman University, Greenville, S.C. 29613, or to the Lottie Moon Offering for Foreign Missions, c/o Foreign Missions Board, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, Va. 23230-0767. Services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Lee Road Baptist Church with Dr. Eddie Leopard, Dr. Gordon Blackwell and Rev. Robert B. Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Springwood Cemetery. The Mackey Mortuary is in charge.