James Ralph Nelson
Passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019
At Parkwest Hospital in Knoxville
A native of Harriman, he was a former resident of Bradley County before moving to McMinn County over 46 years ago. Ralph was the son of the late Henry Jackson and Ruby Stegall Nelson and was preceded in death by three sisters, Barbara Rayburn, Carolyn Hysinger, Sherry Huffaker. He was a member of Mt. Verd Baptist Church having served on the deacon board for over 39 years and also served as chairman for several years. He was a maintenance foreman in the textile industry.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years,
Catina “Tina” Kathryn Mull Nelson of Athens
One daughter and son-in-law,
Kathy and Jeff Jones of Sweetwater
One son and daughter-in-law,
Scott and Lisa Nelson of Athens
Four grandchildren: Taylor Moses and husband, Trey, Chloe Johnson, Jordan Nelson and fiancé, John Dobbs and Graham Johnson
Three great grandchildren: Jameson, Tucker and Paisleigh
Three brothers and three sisters-in-law,
Virgil and Barbara Nelson of Cleveland
Danny and Linda Nelson of Cleveland
Gary and Sharon Nelson of Cleveland
One sister and brother-in-law,
Linda and Ronnie Ball of Cleveland
Funeral services will be 7 pm Friday at Mt. Verd Baptist Church with the Rev. Donnie Dalton officiating. Burial will be 2:30 pm Saturday Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery in Cleveland.
Pallbearers will be Trey Moses, Jeff Jones, Graham Johnson, Scott Sliger, Greg Smith, and Wayne Jarvis. Honorary pallbearer will be Avery Ross.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Friday at Mt. Verd Baptist Church.
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