OBITUARY

Wendell Laverne Nelson

September 15, 1920July 25, 2013

Wendell Laverne Nelson, age 92, entered into rest July 25, 2013 at Broadmore Senior Living. Born in Chicago, Illinois, a son to the late Carl Gustav and Eda Nelson who were Swedish immigrants, Wendell had been a resident of Fort Myers, Florida from 1951 to 1999, and had lived in Jonesborough since 1999. He was a graduate of Lane Tech in Chicago. His 22 years of military service included the National Guard, the Army Air Corps in China, Burma, India and the Pacific Theater with the B-29 unit during World War II and later, the Naval Air Reserves. Wendell attended the University of Florida. He began his work career as a boy selling newspapers in Chicago, was a soda clerk at Walgreens in Chicago, a carpenter, a Gulf Life Insurance Agent and retired as a United States Post Office Employee. Wendell was a charter member of the McGregor Baptist Church in Ft. Myers where he had served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and was involved in Child Evangelism. While living in Tennessee, Wendell was a member of the Boones Creek Christian Church. His hobbies included painting, acting, dancing, and photography. He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Bettie Lee Dyson, a brother, Frank Nelson and a sister, Lorraine Rabette. Survivors include his children, Richard L. Nelson and wife Ann, Dynel N. Savery and husband Bob, Carl M. Nelson; grandchildren, Richard Nelson II and wife Deborah, Rosalyn N. Helms and husband Allan, Kenneth P. Nelson, Andrew Savery and wife Allisa, Scott Savery and wife Susan, David Savery and wife Laura, Laura Hartman and husband Christian, Kaitlyn Nelson, Erin Shaw and husband James; great-grandchildren, Adam Nelson, Sydney Nelson, Ethan Nelson, Joshua Nelson, Kylee Helms, Colton Helms, Grace Savery, Josiah Savery, Rebekah Savery, Kara Savery, Anna Savery, Will Savery, Hailey Nelson, Claire Savery, Emma Savery, Savannah Shaw and Michael Shaw. A memorial service will be held Thursday August 1, at Boones Creek Christian Church, at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Boones Creek Christian Church Mission Fund. East Lawn Funeral Home is honored to serve the Nelson family, please visit us at www.eastlawnkingsport.com to leave a condolence for the family.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 1, 2013
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August 1, 2013

I treasure all of the wonderful memories of Uncle Wendy and our cousins as we were growing up in Florida. He was such a special, sweet, sweet, man. Love and prayers to you all, as you celebrate his life and mourn his passing.
Leslie Leach Swackhamer

Kim Parker

August 1, 2013

So sorry for your loss...Mr. Nelson was always a vibrant person to be around!

Denise Hilton

August 1, 2013

Dave and I are praying for the family as they say their "goodbyes" today...knowing that loved ones await us in that glorious reunion soon to come. What a special man Mr. Nelson was and what an amazing legacy he leaves here on Earth...We admire and want to duplicate his heritage of love for family and friends, church and county and God in our lives. God's peace be with you Dynel & Bob and family...you are loved.

July 31, 2013

I came to know Wendell when I was the director at the Jonesborough Senior Center. He was, undoubtedly, one of the sweetest and most elegant gentleman I've ever known. I know he will be missed by his family and his many friends. My prayers are with you. May he rest in peace.
Carol (Clifford) Lynch

July 31, 2013

So glad I made his 90th. Your family and my family have been friends for over fifty years. Wendy had a great life a wonderful family and saw a lot of the world. He was a good christian and will be missed. Muriel Fort Myers, Florida.

Albert Leach

July 31, 2013

Remembering all of the good times with Uncle Wendy and my Nelson Cousins.... I am glad that you all could share so much time with your Dad... I often think about the positive loving attitudes of our older folks and think it is a wonderful legacy... You all are in my thoughts and prayers. With Love & Sympathy - Cousin Al Leach (Sarasota, FL)

Judith (Franqui) Shell

July 30, 2013

I fondly remember my friend Wendell. I can't be there as I am traveling, but my heart is there. I knew him from Central Christian.

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