A. W. Nelson, Jr.
A. W. Nelson, Jr., 67, of Little Rock, Arkansas, died at home January 22, 2014. A talented architect and developer, A. W. was devoted to his family, his wife, children and grandchildren, and to his friends. He had many outside interests. He loved music of all kinds. An avid golfer, he loved traveling. He loved being at Eden Isle on Greers Ferry Lake, playing golf with friends and watching his grandchildren learn to ski, tube, and jet ski. He had a deep Christian faith, and was at peace with the diagnosis he received
six months ago.
Born November 23, 1946 in Springhill, Louisiana, the son of the late Ambros Wales and Sygual Irene Powell Nelson, he was reared in Springhill, graduating from Springhill High School in 1964. He received his degree in Architecture from Louisiana State University in 1971. A. W. married Marilyn Slack in Springhill on August 19, 1967.
He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock and a former member of First United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, serving there on the Administrative Board.
A.W. began his architectural career in 1971 for B&S Enterprises as a Construction Manager. In 1976, he started A. W. Nelson Jr. Architect, PA, in Pine Bluff, now Nelson Architectural Group. Over a 37 year career, he designed and developed a wide range of projects in Pine Bluff and throughout the states of Arkansas and Louisiana. He served as architect for PROUD, proposing plans for alterations in Main Street Pine Bluff. His many projects included the major expansion of Illinois Tool Company, Camden Wire, Pine Bluff fire stations, the Jefferson County Detention Center, National Bank of Commerce renovation, 202 Housing for the elderly in Pine Bluff and throughout Arkansas, Century Tube National Headquarters, First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center and Church remodeling, the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Central Moloney Office Building, Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce Office Building, the Delta Rivers Nature Center, projects for the Dollarway and Watson Chapel Schools, for SEARK College, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Johnny B. Johnson Dormitory, Business Building, UAPB Football Stadium, UAPB Master Plan, and many other renovations). For Simmons First National Bank and Corporation he designed and renovated branches throughout the state, including the SFNB main lobby, mezzanine, and adjoining SFNB buildings.
In 1992, he formed a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and became the first president. He served as a Simmons First National Bank Director from 1995 to present and was a Simmons Senior Loan and Executive Committee member.
His survivors include his wife, Marilyn Slack Nelson; son, Alan Ambros Nelson (Mary) of Grand Prairie, Texas; daughters, Ashley Elizabeth Nelson Horn (Keith) of Benton, Arkansas, Adrienne Lee Nelson McCaslin (Geoff) of Arlington, Tennessee, Anna Katherine Nelson Pepper (Justin) of Memphis, Tennessee; grandchildren, Brian Audry Horn, Alexander Nelson Horn, Connor Phillips McCaslin, Caroline Woods McCaslin, Paul Ambros Nelson, Blake Robert Nelson, Wilson Wales Pepper; sisters, Gloria Ann Mason of Springhill, Louisiana and Sygual Loretta Dickerson of Tomball, Texas.
Services are Saturday, 2:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff by Ralph Robinson & Son of Pine Bluff. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Memorials are requested to the Arts and Science Center Endowment, 701 Main Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71601 or Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity, Box 5856, Pine Bluff, AR 71611. Online register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.
Ralph Robinson & Son - Pine Bluff, AR (870-534-3131)
Published in Shreveport Times on Jan. 24, 2014