Gerald F. Nelms

May 2, 1929March 3, 2019

Gerald “Pete,” “Coach” Franklin Nelms passed away March 3, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas just shy of his 90th birthday. He was born on May 2, 1929, in the small town of Brookland, Arkansas to Monico and Otto Nelms. Pete was the beloved husband of his one and only love of 65 years, Della Spencer Nelms. Loving father of Vicki, Denise Moore (George), Geralyn, and Gerald Jr. (Linda). Proud grandfather of Kyle, Liliana, Jake, and Joshua. Pete was preceded by his parents, his sister Yvonne, brothers Gene and George. He is survived by sisters Bonnie McCartney, Dorothy “Dot” Wood, Jane Janes, brother Jim, and many nieces and nephews.

Pete was an army veteran of the Korean War and served in the National Guard after his return from active service. He was an alumnus of Arkansas State University where he earned a Bachelor and Master of Science in Education and played baseball. He was a devoted teacher and coach for three decades spending time in Dixie, Arkansas, Pacific, Missouri, and Eureka, Missouri. He spent his summers delivering milk for Hogan Dairy, counting cash at Six Flags over Mid-America, or teaching driver’s education. In his years of teaching and coaching, he guided and influenced many young people through both athletics and academics. Pete rarely missed a game, playing, coaching or in the stands cheering for his children and grandchildren. Pete was an athlete, coach and avid sports fan–especially St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

There will be a Military Funeral Honors Ceremony at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Committal Shelter #1 located at 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, TX 78209.

Memorial contributions in Pete’s name can be made to the American Diabetes Association or South Texas Veterans Health Care System’s (STVHCS) General Purpose Program – San Antonio Campus


25 May

Military Funeral Honors Ceremony

10:00 am

Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery

Shelter #1

1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, Texas 78219


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Jane Janes

March 15, 2019

Pete was a great brother. With me being the baby of the family, he carried me around on his shoulders until my feet almost touched the ground; when he was at Arkansas State, he would go to college in the morning and then come out to the farm and pick cotton with me tagging along with him trying to keep up with him while he was picking two rows while I did one row; and then he gave me away at my wedding. I looked up to him and thought he was the best brother in the whole world. I will always have great memories. Best wishes and prayers for Della, Vicki, Denise, Geralyn, and Gerald Jr, and all the family. Love you guys so much.


March 15, 2019

To all of us Gerald was known as "Pete", a nickname that goes all the way back to our Great-grand Father Thomas "Pete" Nelms. To me Pete was what a "big" brother was supposed to be, more of a friend than a brother. When I got out of the service after serving four years in the Air Force, I was totally lost on how to get back into civilian life. He told me that he had to go through the same thing after he returned from Korea. It help to talk with someone that had gone through the same phase in life.
The last time we talked, it was about baseball, and the St. Louis Cardinals. It was mentioned that he played Baseball for Arkansas State back in the early 50's, he more that played, he was one of their star pitchers. A game that I will always remember was ASU against Ole Miss facing a pitcher name Jake Gibbons, who would go on to pitch in the Majors with the Pittsburg Pirates, Pete outpitched Jake throwing a "two hitter", but lost 2-1. A highlight of his pitching career was being selecting to pitch against a Major League All Star Team while at ASU (then MLB didn't make a lot of money and played All Star Games after the season). On that team was players like George Kell and Ted Kluezewski. Sorry Pete, I got to tell the story about a "hanging curve" you threw to Kluezewski. . .he must have hit the ball at least 500 ft. maybe further.
He was a hell of a guy, my friend, and my brother. RIP

Se-Se Yennes

March 15, 2019

I never had the opportunity to meet Mr.Nelms but know his daughter Denise. A beautiful woman that she is; kind, giving, patient and loyal. I’m sure she received many of these qualities from her father.
May he Rest In Peace.
Much love,
Se-Se Yennes

Hank and Ruth Jones

March 12, 2019

Being the first women’s p.e. teacher and coach at PHS, I appreciated Coach Nelm’s support and Della and family always making me feel welcome in their home.
Hank and I want to send our condolences and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken Wells

March 6, 2019

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Coach Nelms. He had a very strong influence on my life and I will always be grateful for his teachings, his humor and a couple of times his wrath. I will remember him with great fondness and my sympathies for your loss to all the family.

Jan Cavender

March 5, 2019

So very sorry to hear of Pete's passing. I remember with fondness the picnics and gatherings our families shared with the Linnemans.
Sending love to Della, Vicki, Denise, Geralyn, Gerald and all of your families.

Linda Wells

March 5, 2019

Many fond memories with the Nelms family. Loved my time babysitting the ‘little kids’ in the summertime.
Always admired the family....
Many good times in the PHS gym with Coach Nelms, playing against all the boys and shooting baskets at lunch time.
Will always remember Coach and family.

My deepest sympathy for your loss and hope you find comfort with support of family and friends. My thoughts are with you.