On July 25, 1965, Nathaniel “Nate” Nelson was born to the late John Richard Nelson and Mary Lou Nelson in Abbeville, AL. Nate graduated from Abbeville High School, where he lettered in Varsity Basketball and Football. He was the star of his team and was offered a full-ride scholarship to Alabama State University. Nate was a hardworking man and worked two jobs while playing college football. He chose work, starting a life with his high school sweetheart and moving closer to his family. He started his career at Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, FL. They moved to Pensacola, FL, where he became the Director of Environmental Services at Baptist Medical Center. He was baptized and accepted Christ on February 1, 1998 and became a member of Jacksonville Church of Christ.
Nate eventually moved to Fleming Island, FL, where he worked for Putnam County Medical Center, Lake City Medical Center and Memorial Hospital. While in Fleming Island, he coached youth basketball, football and soccer. He also served the Jacksonville Church of Christ as a Deacon. Nate loved fishing, antique cars, attending sporting events, grilling and most importantly, spending time with his family.
Nate’s gift was mentoring children, including nephews and nieces. He never met a stranger.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, James Henry Sewell, Abbeville, AL, and Virgil Nelson (his surviving wife, Judy) Shorterville, AL.
Nate was called home to be with the Lord on May 11, 2021. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife and soulmate, Angie Nelson; children, Terrence Nelson, Pensacola, and Ashley Nelson, Fleming Island, sisters, Emma (Harold) Griffin, Pensacola, and Sherry (Avery) Cannon, Leawood, KS; brothers, Willie (Elaine) Nelson, Abbeville, Walter (Janice) Nelson, Dothan, AL, Bobby (Gwen) Nelson, Pensacola; three aunts and a host of nieces and nephews, loving brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins; a loving mother-in-law, Mary Edwards; his step-mom, Betty Nelson and many loving friends.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12noon followed by a funeral service at 12noon, both at Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073.
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