The funeral service will be conducted at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Shipp Chapel Baptist Church, 130 Georgia Highway 49 South, Americus, Georgia. Reverend Daniel Clinton, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Staley Memorial Gardens, corner of Souther Field Road and Mayo Street, Americus, Georgia.
“Nep,” as he was affectionately called, was born September 6, 1946 in Ideal, Macon County, Georgia to the late William Nelson and the late Nettie Maude McCrary Nelson. His parents and one grandson, Robert "Deion" Aldridge, preceded him in death. He was educated in the historic Ideal Elementary School of Ideal, Georgia and the historic D. F. Douglass High School of Montezuma, Georgia. At an early age, he joined the Pinehill Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of Ideal, Georgia.
He was employed with J & M Tank Line where he was medically retired as a tractor trailer driver after several years of dedicated services.
He was united in holy matrimony the 20th of December 1997 to Annie Bishop Nelson. He was blessed to be the father of four children. He loved his wife and children with unconditional love and that love was reciprocated. After moving to Americus, Georgia he joined the Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. After uniting in holy wedlock, with his beloved Annie, he joined the Shipp Chapel Baptist Church. Being a godly and up right man, he became a member of the Brotherhood Ministry and was later ordained as a Deacon in 2001. His love and dedication to Shipp Chapel and his family will certainly be missed by those his heart has touch along his life's journey. “To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.”
He leaves a legacy of love and many fond memories include his loving and devoted wife of nineteen years, Mrs. Annie B. Nelson, Americus, Georgia; his four children and their spouse, Barbara Williams, Americus, Georgia, Chandra (Rev. Dr. Timothy) French, Macon, Georgia, Williams Nelson, Jr., Boston, Massachusetts, and Tangela (Michael) Baisden, Albany, Georgia; eleven grandchildren; several great grandchildren; seven siblings and their spouses, Annie Maude Hammonds, Miami, Florida, Jerelene Mahomes, Atlanta, Georgia, Faustina Nelson, Decatur, Georgia, Benny Nelson, Jr., Byrom, Georgia, Alvin (Nedia) Nelson, Miami, Florida, Eloise N. (Joe) Thomas, East Point, Georgia and Carolyn (Rev. Dr. Henry) Carson, Decatur, Georgia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Betty (Willie) Prince, Americus, Georgia, Emroe Bishop, Leslie, Georgia, Freddie (Joann) Bishop and Carrie Williams, all of Americus, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including two devoted, Raymond (Debbie) Stewart, Americus, Georgia.