He was born August 7, 1962 in Elizabethton to the late John Cecil & Charlotte Sue Honeycutt Nelson and Step-Father, Fred H. Tyree. David was a graduate of Elizabethton High School. He had been involved in Law Enforcement most of his life. He worked at the Carter County Sheriff Department for 14 years, Bluff City Police Department for 14 years, the last 6 years he served as Chief of Police. He was a member of the Chief of Police Association. He was a former minister serving in the Watauga Flats Baptist Church. He was a member of the New Zion Faith Center, Johnson City.
Survivors include a son: Deven Ray Nelson & wife Chassity, Elizabethton. One Granddaughter: Myia Nicole Nelson. His Brother: Cecil Nelson & wife Melissa, Elizabethton, his sister: Linda Sue Nelson, Elizabethton, a niece: Melinda Sue Nelson and two nephews: Hunter Ray Nelson and Freddie Nelson, Step-daughter, Lisa Nelson and step-grandchildren: Clarinda Johnson, Kendra, Kenzie, Kyler, Kaylee, and Cassidy. Also Survived by special friend- Lisa Nelson.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Earnest Widby officiating. Graveside Service and Interment will be at 11` a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019 in the Spears Cemetery. Active Pallbearers and Honors will be provided by the Bluff City Police Department. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Hunter Nelson, Freddie Nelson, Ricky Hardin, Brandon Montgomery, Earnest Rosenbaum, James Arnold, Jerry Miller, Bobby Rainbolt, Ken Higgins, and Bob Oliver, members of the Carter County Sheriff Department, members of the Sullivan County Sheriff Department and members of the Elizabethton Police Department. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Friends may also visit with the family at the residence of his sister: Linda Sue Nelson, 501 Summitt Avenue, and Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Thursday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at our web-site www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Nelson family.