Nelson, Bob "Tex" Robert S. "Tex" Nelson, Sr. unexpectedly passed away July 22, 2011. He was born on August 7, 1936, in Dallas, Texas, to Flay D. and Margie V. Nelson. He was a natural athlete and member of the State Champion Adamson High School Baseball Team. Dizzy Dean visited one of their games and thrilled Bob by telling him, "Son, I ain't NEVER seen a baseball hit that hard or that far!" He joined the Baltimore Orioles Baseball Team after graduating from Adamson High School in 1955, where he got his nickname "Tex" from his roommate, Brooks Robinson. He was with the organization for nine years until injuries forced his retirement. He returned to Dallas and went to work for ETMF/ABF trucking industry, where he retired after 30 years. Bob also enjoyed being a troop scout master for the boy scouts and singing with the Champion Award-Winning 160 voice barbershop chorus, The Vocal Majority. Bob was also a Mason, and a member of the Dallas Elks Lodge #71 since 1985. Bob was a kindhearted, sweet natured gentle giant of a man who was as American as they come, who enjoyed donating to a variety of charities. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and sharing stories with his grandchildren. He especially loved having a beer or two while watching baseball on TV. Bob made friends wherever he went!, and will be deeply missed! He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Doris Jo. He is survived by his six children, Robert Nelson, Jr. and wife, Kathy, of Caddo Mills, Texas, Laurie Woody and husband, Dennis, of Sunnyvale, Texas, Cherrie Grant of Mesquite, Texas, Kelley Goodson and husband, Jon, of Forney, Texas, Tim Goodrich of Mesquite, Texas, and Ginny Phillips of Caney City, Texas; twelve grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a nephew, Kevin Glover of Tallahany, Oklahoma.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on July 27, 2011