James R. "Jim" Nelson, 71, entered into eternal rest on Saturday evening, Feb. 10, 2018, from his residence following an extended illness.
Jim was born on Dec.18, 1946, in Carmi, Illinois, to Lawrence and Anna (Jones) Nelson and has lived in Alexandria since 1964.
He was a 1964 graduate of Carmi High School. Jim served in the National Guard. Jim worked as a licensed realtor at O.C. Clark /Wilson Realtors in Alexandria for five years. He retired from General Motors in Anderson in 2002 after 37 years of employment. After retirement, he also drove a school bus for Alexandria Community Schools.
Jim was a very dedicated and active member of the Alexandria First Baptist Church, where he probably has held almost every position in the church. He was dedicated in service to his Lord, his church and was well known for reaching out to people with his high quality and delicious homemade, paddle-churned ice cream. Family was very important to Jim, and he expressed his love for them by gifting them with dozens and dozens of handmade wooden items from Jim's wood shop.
Survivors include wife, Linda (Arnett) Nelson, married Oct. 21, 1967; son, Rex (Carrie) Nelson, Fortville; daughters, Kari Nelson-Lawrence and Molli Walker-Hope; grandchildren, Devin Nelson, Alaina Nelson, Micah Walker, Caleb Walker and Clara Walker; brother, Robert "Bob" (Susan) Nelson, Southport; several nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David Nelson.
A Service of Home Going will take place at the Alexandria First Baptist Church, 2107 S. Park Ave., on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at 1 p.m. Dr. Michael Deutsch will officiate. Interment will follow in Gravel Lawn Cemetery at Fortville.
Friends may call at the Alexandria First Baptist Church on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alexandria First Baptist Church, any missions outreach program of the donor's choice or the Gideon Memorial Bible program.
Owens Funeral Home is honored to care for Jim and the Nelson family.
Online condolences: www.owensmemorialservices.com
Published on February 11, 2018