David E. Nelson, Jr.

May 10, 1929September 27, 2019

David Eugene Nelson, JR., 90, passed away Friday September 27, 2019. He was a member of First Centenary United Methodist Church. David was a graduate of UTC with a Bachelors in History and received his Law Degree from Vanderbilt University. He was a partner in Wagner Nelson & Weeks Law Firm. He had been a board member of Bonny Oaks Foundation, the Shriners Hospitals for Children and St. Andrews United Methodist Church. David was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in WWII and Korea. He was a Past President of the Chattanooga Half Century Club, Past Potentate of the Alhambra Shrine, and a member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite and the American Legion. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Bell Nelson and his second wife, Bernice Pitts Nelson; a son Douglas Edward Nelson; a brother Gillis Nelson; and his parents David Eugene Nelson, SR and Eleanor Borg. Survivors include son Gene (Mary) Nelson; one granddaughter, Amber (Daniel) Harvey; three great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Braiden and Danielle; one brother John and one sister Ruth; many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday October 2, 2019 in the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Rd. Burial will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Chattanooga Half Century Club. The family will receive friends from 4:00-8:00 PM Tuesday October 1, 2019 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave #3018 Cincinnati, OH 45229. Please share your thoughts and memories at


  • Shriner's Hospitals for Children


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Funeral Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, October 2, 2019


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Carolyn Marvil

October 1, 2019

David will be sorely missed. We always kidded - I called him my “second dad” and he referred to me as his “adopted” daughter. I’m going to miss his dry sense of humor, interesting stories, long talks, and occasional dinners. He was so easy to talk with and enjoyed life. David was a man of high integrity and always looked for the positives in a world of darkness. I am so blessed to have known David and his second wife, and find comfort in knowing he is at peace now with the Lord. With deepest sympathy for the family.

Chattanooga Half Century Club

September 30, 2019

Members of The Chattanooga Half Century Club sends you our condolences for your loss. May God bless the family.

Anita Igou

September 30, 2019

Mr Nelson!
I'm gonna miss you so much!! I will always cherish our friendship and your wonderful habit of bringing me magazines!!
Thank you so much for being in my life!!
I will miss seeing you!
I have a little hole in my heart now :(

Joel Davenport

September 29, 2019

I had the privilege of getting to know David Nelson through the Chattanooga Lion's Club, where he was an active member for over 51 years. He will be missed by all of us and even in the last couple of years when he was able to attend our gatherings he was vibrant and made contributions to the dialogues -- whether in planning our sponsorship of televising the 2018 School Board Debate in Hamilton County or encouraging other Lions to continue to work of eye screenings or working to help with the homeless problem in our community. His experience and perspectives were notable and marked.

My sympathies to his family, friends and those others that his life touched.