OBITUARY

Jim Nelson

February 22, 1941April 11, 2019
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Jim W. Nelson, 78, of Lubbock died April 11, 2019 at UMC after a brief illness. Jim was born February 22, 1941 in Quanah, Texas to parents Clarence and Opal Nelson.

Jim married Sharon Mills on September 3, 1977. He graduated high school in 1959 in Abernathy, Texas and attended Abilene Christian College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1962. Jim spent the majority of his work career as a well-regarded independent catastrophe insurance adjuster, working storm events from Hawaii to Massachusetts.

Jim was a voracious reader and an avid fan of all Texas Tech University sports. He loved gospel music, classic American muscle cars, and his rescued pets Jack, Dingo, and Tony. But Jim’s greatest joy was reserved for his grandkids and great grandkids who call him Pappy.

Most recently Jim attended the Prime Timers class at Trinity Church and supported such charitable organizations as World Vision and Meals on Wheels.

Jim is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sharon; sons, Barry Nelson and Michael Nelson (wife, Holly); granddaughters, Alexa and Ava Nelson, and Taylor Guesnier (husband, Joe); and great grandsons, Emerson and Easton Guesnier. Jim is also survived by his sister, Earlene Myatt and her family; and brothers, Corky Nelson and Dan Nelson (wife, Hazel) and their families. Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Kent.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of Lubbock.

  • FAMILY

  • Clarence and Charlsie Nelson, Parents
  • Shirley Kent, Sister
  • Sharon Nelson, Wife
  • Barry Nelson and Michael Nelson and wife, Holly, Sons
  • Alexa and Ava Nelson, and Taylor Guesnier and husband, Joe, Grandchildren
  • Emerson and Easton Guesnier, Great-grandchildren
  • Earlene Myatt, Corky Nelson and Dan Nelson and wife, Hazel, and their families, Siblings
  • DONATIONS

  • Meals on Wheels of Lubbock

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Linda Wooldridge

April 17, 2019

Sharon, Barry, Michael and families. I lift prayers for your peace and comfort during this time of grief. I loved Jim like a brother and know that he and Paul and Jay are rejoicing in heaven’s choir. My love to all of you.

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Biography

Jim Nelson was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Jim will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Jim was born on February 22, 1941 in Quanah, Texas. He was the son of Clarence and Opal Nelson.  Jim was raised with four siblings: Shirley, Earlene, Corky and Dan. Jim was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      A typical teenager, Jim had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Abernathy High School in 1959. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

      Jim enjoyed his college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Jim was able to manage the balancing act. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Abilene Christian College in 1962.

       Empathic and loyal, Jim was committed to making his new family happy. He exchanged wedding vows with Sharon Mills on September 3, 1977.  Jim worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Jim was blessed with two sons, Barry and Michael. Another blessing for Jim was the gift of three grandchildren, Alexa, Ava and Taylor.

      Fortunately, Jim enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Jim worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was insurance. He was self-employed as a well-regarded independent catastrophe insurance adjuster, working storm events from Hawaii to Massachusetts. Jim always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Jim enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were reading, and he was an avid fan of all Texas Tech University sports. He loved gospel music, classic American muscle cars, and his rescued pets Jack, Dingo, and Tony. But Jim’s greatest joy was reserved for his grandkids and great grandkids who call him Pappy. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Jim’s faith was important to him. Most recently Jim attended the Prime Timers class at Trinity Church and supported such charitable organizations as World Vision and Meals on Wheels.

      Jim passed away on April 11, 2019 at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sharon; sons: Barry Nelson and Michael Nelson (wife, Holly); granddaughters: Alexa and Ava Nelson, and Taylor Guesnier (husband, Joe); and great-grandsons: Emerson and Easton Guesnier; his sister, Earlene Myatt and her family; and brothers: Corky Nelson and Dan Nelson (wife, Hazel) and their families. Services were held at Resthaven's Abbey Chapel. Jim was laid to rest in Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock, Texas.

      Simply stated, Jim was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Jim leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Jim Nelson.