A retired dentist and native of New Orleans, he died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at his home in Gonzales. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Visiting at St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church, 1022 N. Burnside Ave., Gonzales, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 8 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Entombment in Hope Haven Gardens of Memory, Gonzales. Survived by a daughter, Vanessa Hersh and husband Martin; three sons, Herman Nelson, Lance Nelson and wife Lelia, and Todd Nelson; sister-in-law, Mabel Nelson; two nephews, Steven Nelson and wife Belinda, and David Nelson and wife Jennifer; grandchild and best friend, James "Bucky" Nelson; other beloved grandchildren, Kameron Keller, Colby Nelson, Hannah Nelson, Joshua Nelson, Chris Nelson, Calub Nelson, Sarah Nelson, Annie Nelson and Garland Hemphill; stepgrandchild, David Morgan; and a host of loving family members and friends. Special thanks to Donald Cox who was like a son to Dr. Nelson. Preceded in death by his parents, Florine Grimes and Louis Arthur Nelson; a brother, Louis "Buddy" A. Nelson Jr.; and nephew, Arthur "Artie" Nelson. He was a parishioner of St. Theresa Catholic Church. In his spare time he enjoyed dealing art and antiques, breeding and racing horses, and traveling all over the world. He had a passion for spending time with his grandchildren, cooking, gardening, reading including his new iPad, and donating his time , energy and resources toward his charitable efforts. Memorial donations can be made to The Hospice Foundation of Greater Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, La. 70810. Condolences may be offered at www.ascednsionfuneral.com. Arrangements handled by Ascension Funeral Home.
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Published in The Advocate on Dec. 12, 2011