Robert Edwin Nelms
1942 - 2015
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NEWPORT NEWS - Born January 20, 1942 in Newport News, Virginia, passed away, April 17, 2015 after a prolonged illness, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his Mother-Virginia Bell Newsom Nelms, Step Mother-Dorothy White Nelms, and Father-Nowell Darden Nelms. He is survived by his Wife-Debora Cline Nelms, Son-Michael Robert Nelms and wife-Sara, Brother-Nowell Darden Nelms Jr. and wife-Jackie, Brother- Chandler Nelms and wife-Emily and numerous Nieces, Nephews and Great Nieces and Great Nephews. He graduated from Auburn University in 1968 with an Industrial Engineering Degree. After Retiring from Eglin AFB in 1981, Robert and Debora spent 2 years cruising the Gulf and East Coasts in their 31 ft. sailboat. After returning to the area in 1983, they built their own home, purchased a 38 ft. power boat and spent many years cruising around the Gulf Coast. He retired from Civil Service at Eglin AFB in 1997. In lieu of Flowers, please make donations to Save Our Cats and Kittens at 498 Carmel Drive, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, phone 850-863-5756. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at

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Published in Daily Press on Apr. 21, 2015.
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April 23, 2015
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
T Griffin
April 21, 2015
Buckroe View
I send my sincere condolences to the entire Nelms family. We had such fun growing up in Hampton and being in the wonderful Hampton High School Class of 1960 - Go Crabbers! Sounds like the good life and times didn't stop in Hampton and I'm thrilled for the happy times kept on keeping on!

Rest in peace from your fellow Crabbers and friends. God bless your family as they mourn your passing and rejoyce in the happy times.
Faye Cordle Keenan
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