Charles R. Nelson

Charles R. Nelson “Charlie”, born March 11, 1931, passed away on January 3 following a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Charlie was the son of Charles Hinton Nelson and Aileen Hendry Nelson of Tattnall County. He was born in Toledo, Ohio where his family lived for several years during the Great Depression. He returned to Tattnall/Evans County with his family as a young boy and he remained in the area the rest of his life. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings: sister, Louise Chapman (Ben) and brother, Jerry Nelson (Kathleen). He has two surviving sisters, Annette Mason (Bob) and Linda Elders (Jim). As a young man Charlie served in the United States Army during the Korean War and he was a participant in the Army’s atmospheric nuclear testing program in the early 1950s. In 1954 he married Martha Josephine Johnson of Pembroke. He and Martha celebrated 63 years of marriage. Charlie and Martha had four children, Robert, Barbara, Byron and Susan; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Robert has two children, A. J. Nelson and Carmen Nelson. A.J. has two children, Allyson and A.R. Barbara has two children, Nelson Gabriel Usry and Natalie Lanier. Gabe has two children, Spencer and Leyton. Susan has one child, Aaron Keady. Charlie and Martha moved to Claxton in the early 1960s and started the family business, Nelson Auto Parts. Charlie, Robert and Byron ran the family business for over 55 years. Charlie was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Claxton, where he was a member of the Service Sunday School Class. After he retired, he enjoyed his daily morning coffee meetings with his dear friends. Charlie loved salt water fishing and spent many weekends with his family and friends along the Georgia coast where he taught his children to water ski and to fish. Although Martha could out-fish him, that fact has not been openly discussed before now. Charlie and Martha were a fun-loving couple and their children shared many priceless adventures with them camping, boating, and travelling. The family lived in the neighborhood, the fabled Claxton neighborhood where the neighborhood children shared all and the neighborhood parents were Mom and Dad to all. When Martha and Charlie’s children were not running the neighborhood or off on a great family adventure, Charlie kept them busy playing card games. Charlie was known for his quick wit and classic one-liners. Even as he struggled with Parkinson’s, he kept everyone on their toes with his quick sense of humor and he continued to play cards until his last days. Memorial donations to: the Parkinson’s Foundation. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.