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Harold Nelson

January 24, 1937 ~ July 11, 2018 (age 81)

Harold Nelson, 81, of Chipley, Florida passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Dothan, Alabama.  He was born on January 24, 1937 to John Oscar and Eva Kent Nelson.  Harold was a member of the Oakie Ridge Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

Harold proudly served his country in the United States Army and had a long and successful career of 46 years with AT&T in Chipley.  After his retirement,  he gave selflessly of his time to volunteer.  He along with countless church members,  completely renovated Oakie Ridge Baptist Church.  He also helped with the local Habitat for Humanity.  He would travel hundreds of miles to assist  communities after natural disasters.  Harold also enjoyed restoration of old tractors and cars.  His favorite was 280Z’s.

He loved his wife of 58 years, family, church and friends.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Horace Nelson; sisters, Mildred Tindell, Bertha Jones, and Joyce Ellis.

Survivors include his wife, Annette Gainer Nelson of Chipley, daughters, Lisa Hamilton and husband John of Marianna, Florida; Sandra Kaye Morris and husband Bryan of Daphne, Alabama; sisters, Mary Ellen Johnson and husband Jimmy of Pensacola, Florida and Janice Ann Wheeler and husband Ralph of Chipley; grandchildren Kyle Patrick Morris and Kayla Nicole Morris.

A time of visitation will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Oakie Ridge Baptist Church. Services for Mr. Nelson will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Oakie Ridge Baptist Church in Chipley, Florida with Rev. Russell Carlisle and Rev. Phillip Gainer officiating. Interment will follow in Oakie Ridge Baptist Cemetery.  

Active pallbearers will be Easton Nelson, Howard Ellis, Tim Wheeler, John Taylor, Mitchell Gainer, and Randy Gainer.

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