OBITUARY

Forrest Eugene Nelson

May 9, 1931August 24, 2020

Forrest Eugene Nelson, 89, passed away August 24, 2020. He was born on May 9, 1931 in Nashville, TN, an only child to Oscar and Dorothy Nelson. He spent his early years in Cincinnati, OH while returning to summer often with his grandparents in Nashville, where his grandfather was the Fire Chief.

After a relocation to Charlotte, NC he attended Central High School, and then Duke University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Following a service in the U.S. Army he returned home to marry his bride, Martha Josephine Fetner (Marty).

His work with Blythe Brothers Construction took them eventually back to Charlotte where his wife and two children, Nancy Jo and Dottie, made their permanent home. Forrest became a Vice President in J.A. Jones Construction, where for many years he traveled internationally. After retirement, he became the Executive Director of the Ready Mix Concrete Association, a position he enjoyed greatly.

Forrest loved watching Duke basketball. He was an avid golfer, where at Myers Park Country Club, he was known to “shoot his age” into his early 80’s. He was a frequent volunteer with the Optimist Club and very active in his church life, first at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church, then at Myers Park United Methodist.

Forrest married Mary Jo Beaty and they spent many happy years together, enjoying traveling, trips to the beach and mountains, and visiting with their friends and family. They especially enjoyed their many grandchildren and watching their sports and activities.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Beaty and her children: David Beaty, Susan Jordan, Bonnie Griffin, and Tom Beaty and their families; by his children: Nancy Belding and Dottie and Richard Boone; grandchildren: Kelly Jo, Forrest, Jake, Laura and Emily; and great-grandchildren: Cameron, Samantha, and Alexandria.

Services will be private for the family.

In remembrance of Forrest Eugene Nelson, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to Myers Park United Methodist Church or The American Heart Association.

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Mary Vrany

August 31, 2020

Dearest Nancy and Family
My heart aches for you. It is hard to loose a special parent. My memories of Forrest are all good ones, mostly full of salt air and foamy waves. Forrest was a good man, with a special twinkle in his eyes.
All My Sympathy and Love,
Mary Lee

Carolyn Palmer

August 27, 2020

Many happy memories sharing trips , dinners too many to mention with the people I called Uncle Forrest and Aunt Marty.
Our families were very close and Forrest Nelson will be greatly missed.

Chuck Gallant

August 27, 2020

Nancy, Dottie:

Please accept my condolences on your dad's passing. He was a significant influence in my life, a mentor who taught me much and who provided valued opportunities when I was under his employ. I'll never forget the kindness he showed my dad, and the interest he took in trying to get some answers regarding Dad' s illness (through you and Dr. Massey, Nancy) at a time when we were at a loss which way to turn next. He is one of a handful of men to whom I owe much.

God's comfort be with you in your mourning.

Chuck Gallant

Ann Hampton

August 27, 2020

Nelson was in my Sunday class and l loved hearing his "hair raising " stories about business deals internationally. I will miss him. Love to his family, Ann

Joe Belding

August 25, 2020

I was very sorry to hear of Forrest's passing. He was a kind and generous man, and, like all of you, I have so many good memories of him: playing golf, relaxing at the beach, cookouts at the golf house, and attending Duke football games, just to name a few. I hope that memories such as these will give you comfort in your time of sorrow. I will miss him, we all will.

Julie Vrany Phillips

August 25, 2020

My heart breaks for you. I will forever be grateful to Forrest for writing a letter of recommendation on my behalf for my Duke Admissions. Always a gentleman and so generous.
My condolences to your family,
Julie

Charles Vrany

August 25, 2020

So sorry for your loss. It's really hard when a parent passes. I feel for you and wish I could be there and be of comfort to you. My favorite memory was playing golf with Forrest in Myrtle beach with Joe and Ron. Both Joe and Ron told Forrest that I was very good.
I proved them very wrong that day and Forrest just told me that everyone has a bad day sometimes. I was relaxed in his company.
Love,
Chick

Barbara Vrany

August 25, 2020

Dear Nancy and Family,
I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time.
I have very fond memories of your dad and the good times we had at his golf house in Myrtle Beach and at the oceanfront house we rented to bring in the new millennium. He was always kind and generous and made me feel right at home. He will be missed by many who have had the pleasure to know him, including Chick and me. May warm memories help to bring you peace and comfort in the coming days.
I wish so much I could be there in person. Please know I will be there in spirit Thursday afternoon.
Blessings and much love,
Barbara Vrany

Jan Moxley

August 25, 2020

My deepest condolences to your family. I am so sorry for the passing of Forrest. I hope the many wonderful memories you have of him will bring you comfort. Keeping all of you in my prayers.
Take care,
Jan

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