NELMS. On June 28, 2013, Thomas L. Nelms Sr. passed into the arms of Jesus, forever to live in the peace, comfort and joy of God. He joins his father, mother, brother, a grandchild and other friends in God's presence. He is survived by Anne, his faithful, loving wife of 60 years; son, Thomas L. Nelms Jr. and wife, Sandy; son, Donald Nelms and wife, Debbie, of Houston, Texas; daughters, Sharon Cooke and husband, Kenny, of Amelia, Karen Sage and husband, Mike, of Las Vegas, and Debbie Hallcom and husband, David, of Richmond; also 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is survived by two brothers, Walter and Graham Nelms and their families; and two sisters, Eunice Lawson and Betty Jones and their families. He is survived by brother-in-law, Hank Tibbs; and two sisters-in-law, Barbara Tibbs and Doris Nelms and their families. Tommy was born August 23, 1929 and was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served his country proudly. As a faithful, loving father, Tommy left a living legacy of faith and trust in God. As his human strength and stamina wained in his final days, his spiritual strength carried him through all of life's struggles. Tommy wanted all to know that he loved God, his wife and his family more than life. His greatest desire was for all that he met to know of his Savior, Jesus Christ. The family will receive friends and family at Bliley's - Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd., on Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m., where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday. Interment will be private at Virginia Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Open Door Baptist Church Building Fund.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.