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NELSON, ERIC JOHN - age 52, of Knoxville, died Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at Blount Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Well known restaurateur, caterer, and owner of Gourmet's Market and Cosmo's Cafe, Eric was preceded in death by his beloved father Daniel James Nelson (1926-1975) and brother Daniel Nelson, Jr. (1958-2012) and leaves his wife Jane Nelson; sons Ryan James and Samuel John Nelson; his mother, Barbara W. Strehlow; and stepfather Richard A. Strehlow, all of Knoxville, and dear uncle Samuel Nelson and uncle William and aunt Sherlee Nelson of West Virginia and cousin Stuart Iverson and Cheryl Iverson of New Mexico. Eric was a graduate of Oak Ridge High School, and attended Pellissippi State Community College and East Tennessee State University. He was a wonderful husband and father and active in his son's lives including coaching youth baseball and football teams. His love of life and spirit was apparent in his activities that not only included his family and coaching, but motorcycle racing, bicycling and participation in marathons. A celebration of Eric's life will be held Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Episcopal Church of Ascension, 800 Northshore Drive, Knoxville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blount Memorial Foundation for the Connie Davis Hospice and Palliative Care Mercy Fund at 907 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 11th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, 6200 Kingston Pike. Online condolences at

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Feb. 11, 2014
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