He was a lifelong farmer of Gravel Hill Farms and is preceded in death by his wife of many years, Mary Axie. He was also preceded in death by his parents John and Edith Nelson of Limestone, TN, brothers; John Nelson, Jr. and Earl Nelson, sisters, Pauline Whitworth and Frances Laws.
He was a member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church where he had many friends.
Bob leaves behind a son, Sam Nelson and wife Melisa; a daughter: Sharon Rush and husband Mike; son, Richard Shelton; special grandsons, Brandon Nelson and Dustin Shelton; special granddaughter, Emma Kate Nelson; special sister-in-law and caregiver, Linnia Painter; sisters, Geri Ball, Charlotte Tuton, and Maggie Saults; brother, Ken Nelson; very special friends and large extended family: Robert Ryans, Mary and Bill Johnson, Bo Philips, Louise Timmons, Mona Stanton, Wayne Rupert, Dr. Dale Grant, Roger Jessee, Jim Powell, Freddy Nelson, and many nieces and nephews.
He enjoyed life and warm sunny days with his dog Blue. He would always say “I Love You More.”
The family wants to thank the doctors and nurses of Internal Medicine of Johnson City and others for care given to our father.
Funeral services will be conducted 7:00 pm Friday, April 12, 2019 at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 116 O.O. Moore Rd. Chuckey, TN 37641, with Pastors Rich Mullan and Karen Lane officiating. Music will be provided by Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church Choir and Greg Stafford, pianist. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 pm Friday at the church and other times at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be conducted 11:00 am Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Liberty Cemetery, Chuckey, TN. Friends are requested to meet at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home at 10:15 am to go in procession to cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Robert Ryans, Billy Ball, Danny Phillips, Kenny Nelson, Doug Saults and Snide Hensley.
Condolences may be sent to the Nelson family online at www.dillow-taylor.com.
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, TN 753-3821