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Charles P. Nelson, of Simpsonville, passed away early Saturday morning April 20, 2013, 10 days prior to his 94th birthday (4/30/1919).
Born in Gray Court, SC, he was the son of the late Claude P. Nelson and Lula C. Nelson of Fountain Inn, SC. He was preceded in death by his son Bob Nelson, four sisters (Bertha, Nettie Mae, Myrtle, Lois), 4 brothers (Carl, Albert, Roy Leon, Waymon), and his grandson Buster Nelson.
He is survived by his wife of almost 72 years, Mary West Nelson; a son, Dan Nelson of Summerville, SC; grandchildren Erin N. Sacra, Ali N. Foster, Elizabeth Jolly, and Kevin Jolly; 8 great grandchildren; and a sister, Francis N. Weese of Gallatin, TN.
After graduation from Simpsonville High in 1939, Charles enlisted in the US Navy and retired in 1959 after 20 years of active service as a Boatswain Mate Chief. Charles drove landing craft for amphibious assaults and served in both the Asian-Pacific Theater (Guadalcanal) and also in the European Theater (Bloody Salerno, and Sicily). He was awarded two Navy commendation medals, one for actions on Guadalcanal and the other for a peacetime rescue operation of a Canadian vessel in distress. He was awarded a battlefield promotion for his actions on Guadalcanal. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association.
After his military service, he completed another career at the Cryovac Division of W.R. Grace in Simpsonville, retiring after 20 years.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Simpsonville where he served as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, member of the prison ministry and church construction mission trips.
In lieu of flowers, he requested memorials be made directly to the R.J. "Dick" Gillette Memorial Branch 234 of the Fleet Reserve Association for the Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home, 4605 Belton Highway, Anderson, SC.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm on Monday, April 22, 2013 at First Baptist Church Simpsonville in the chapel. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 pm in the chapel. Entombment will follow at Cannon Memorial Park Mausoleum.
CANNON FUNERAL HOME
FOUNTAIN INN, SC
Published in The Greenville News from Apr. 21 to May 1, 2013