NELSON, George E.|
George E. Nelson, age 85, of Georgetown, TX passed away on Feb. 9, 2014. Nelson grew up in Taylor, TX where he started his musical career in third grade when his parents bought him a cornet from a traveling salesman. He started to play with the high school band in the 5th grade. After graduating from high school, he served in the eighth U.S. Army Band stationed in Yokohama, Japan, and received Most Outstanding Bandsman award during his military service. After his discharge, he returned to Georgetown to study music at Southwestern University, graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Music in Education. In June of the same year, George married Frances Deckard at the First United Methodist Church in Georgetown, where they remained members for over 60 years.
Nelson spent over 40 years directing Texas bands: 4 years in Edcouch-Elsa public schools; 4 years as the band director for all Georgetown schools; and 32 years as Professor of Music and band director at Southwestern University. During his years at S.U., Nelson "trained generations of band directors for the trenches." Upon retirement, George & Frances moved to Sun City. Between golf games and vacations, he founded and directed the Sun City Singers. George & Frances were blessed to spend the last 3 years residing in the Wesleyan Homes of Georgetown.
In addition to a degree from Southwestern University, Nelson earned a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas. Among his many associations and awards, Nelson was most proud to be selected as an esteemed member of the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame.
George is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Frances; children: Jon (Diana) Nelson, Ann (Bill) Peace, Julie (Ronny) Clark; 6 grandchildren; and sisters: Anna Engelhardt and Eileen Thompson.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm at The First United Methodist Church in Georgetown, TX on Sunday, February 16, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Wesleyan Homes Benevolent Fund, www.wesleyanhomes.org.
You may share a message or memory in the memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2014