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Howard William Nelson

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Howard William Nelson

Burnsville - Howard William Nelson, 90 of Plum Branch, went home to be with the his Lord and Savior, Friday, February 15, 2013. A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Rathey Stevens Nelson and Deloras Boone Nelson. He was also preceded in death by his wife: Virginia Carroll Nelson, who died on May 15, 2007; a sister: Ruth Hensley; and a brother: Lloyd Stevens.

Howard was a World War II Army veteran, part of the greatest generation, serving as a Corporal with Battery "C" 202 nd. AAA AW BN in the Philippines.

He was a life member of Burnsville Lodge # 717 A.F. and A.M., serving twice as Master and was a Certified Lecturer, and a former District Deputy Lecturer. Howard was an honorary member of the Bald Creek Lodge # 397 A.F. and A.M.

Howard was a member of Plum Branch Baptist Church, where he had served as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, and Deacon. A was a retired employee of Parker Bros. Hosiery Mill of Old Fort, where he worked as a fixer. He loved his family and friends and will be missed so very much.

Surviving are a daughter: Carolyn Foxx and husband, Dennis, of Burnsville, a son: Rev. Kenneth Nelson and wife, Cathy, of Jonesville, NC; two grandsons: Tim Foxx and wife, Jennifer, and Josh Nelson and wife, Valerie; a great grandson: Jackson Foxx; a great granddaughter: Madison Nelson; and a nephew: Donald Hensley and wife, Jearline, all of Burnsville.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. David Gillespie will officiate. Masonic Graveside rites will be conducted by Burnsville lodge #717 A.F. and A.M. in the Boone Cemetery on Plum Branch.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Monday at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home of Carolyn Foxx. Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 29714.

To view this obituary online or send a condolence visit www.holcombebrothers.com.

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Feb. 17, 2013
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