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Robert Nelson

December 19, 1931November 9, 2020
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Robert A. Nelson, age 88, of Memphis, Tennessee passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020.

Robert was born December 19, 1931. Robert and Lillian Nelson (deceased) raised three children, Debra Jarrett (Doug), Bob Jr. (Lisa) and Sharon Mason.

Our Daddy, Grandpa and Peepaw, Robert Nelson was always a good Christian example to his family over these many years. He always had a positive attitude and a great sense of humor and always kept us laughing.

They were blessed with four Grandchildren, Wyatt Jarrett (Michelle), Brian Jarrett, Bobby Nelson III, Heather Hays. They were blessed even more with two Great Grandchildren, Brie Jarrett and Max Nelson.

Robert Nelson was born at home at 1011 Joseph Place, Memphis, Tennessee,. on December 19, 1931. His parents were William T. Nelson and Willie Lucille Holcombe Nelson. Robert Nelson attended Humes High School where he played football. After High School graduation, he married Lillian Frazier. They were married 68 years until her death in August 2019. They were members of Eastside Baptist Church. Robert served his country in the Air Force during the Korean War stationed in Japan. His job was repairing bullet holes on damaged airplanes with tin cans or any scrap metal they could find. After the Korean War he worked in heating and air conditioning as sheet metal worker. In 1975 he was voted in as Business Representative for the local Sheet Metal Union and also served as Business Manager/Financial Secretary until he retired in 1993 after serving Local #4 for 18 years. Robert was an avid deer and turkey hunter and fisherman up until 78 years old. He enjoyed watching all sports, especially University of Tennessee.

Since May of 2019, Bobby has lived at Quail Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care in Bartlett, Tennessee. Bobby was known for his contagious smile, sense of humor and a “thumbs Up”.

A visitation for Robert will be held Saturday, November 14 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119. Robert's funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm following the visitation. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, December 1 at 10:15 am in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 4000 Forest Hill Irene, Memphis, TN 38125.

  • FAMILY

  • Lillian Nelson, Wife (deceased)
  • Debra Jarrett (Doug), Child
  • Bob Jr. (Lisa), Child
  • Sharon Mason, Child
  • Wyatt Jarrett (Michelle), Grandchild
  • Brian Jarrett, Grandchild
  • Bobby Nelson III, Grandchild
  • Heather Hays, Grandchild
  • Brie Jarrett, Great Grandchild
  • Max Nelson, Great Grandchild
  • William T. Nelson, Father (deceased)
  • Willie Lucille Holcombe Nelson, Mother (deceased)

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Judy Davidson

November 14, 2020

My memories of Mr Nelson go way back. He was a wonderful father. And he was always very kind to me. Sending my love and deepest sympathy to Bob, Debra, Sharon and families.

Reba Bain Claunch

November 13, 2020

So very sorry. Prayers for the Nelson Family.

Jimmy Ray

November 13, 2020

One of my boyhood Sunday School teachers at Thrifthaven, and a fine man. Condolences to Bob, Debra, and the rest of the family.

Butch Pharr

November 13, 2020

One of the finest gentleman l have the pleasure to call a true friend. I will truly miss him as we spent many a day hunting and hanging around at the hunting club.l know words cannot say how much he will be missed but he is in a better place with the lord my condolences to all of the family

Tammy Wood

November 13, 2020

To the best neighbor you have ever met you will truly be missed.

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Biography

Robert A. Nelson, age 88, of Memphis, Tennessee passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020.

Robert was born December 19, 1931. Robert and Lillian Nelson (deceased) raised three children, Debra Jarrett (Doug), Bob Jr. (Lisa) and Sharon Mason.

Our Daddy, Grandpa and Peepaw, Robert Nelson was always a good Christian example to his family over these many years. He always had a positive attitude and a great sense of humor and always kept us laughing.

They were blessed with four Grandchildren, Wyatt Jarrett (Michelle), Brian Jarrett, Bobby Nelson III, Heather Hays. They were blessed even more with two Great Grandchildren, Brie Jarrett and Max Nelson.

Robert Nelson was born at home at 1011 Joseph Place, Memphis, Tennessee,. on December 19, 1931. His parents were William T. Nelson and Willie Lucille Holcombe Nelson.
Robert Nelson attended Humes High School where he played football. After High School graduation, he married Lillian Frazier. They were married 68 years until her death in August 2019. They were members of Eastside Baptist Church. Robert served his country in the Air Force during the Korean War stationed in Japan. His job was repairing bullet holes on damaged airplanes with tin cans or any scrap metal they could find. After the Korean War he worked in heating and air conditioning as sheet metal worker. In 1975 he was voted in as Business Representative for the local Sheet Metal Union and also served as Business Manager/Financial Secretary until he retired in 1993 after serving Local #4 for 18 years. Robert was an avid deer and turkey hunter and fisherman up until 78 years old. He enjoyed watching all sports, especially University of Tennessee.

Since May of 2019, Bobby has lived at Quail Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care in Bartlett, Tennessee. Bobby was known for his contagious smile, sense of humor and a “thumbs Up”.

A visitation for Robert will be held Saturday, November 14 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119. Robert's funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm following the visitation. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, December 1 at 10:15 am in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 4000 Forest Hill Irene, Memphis, TN 38125.

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