He was born Oct. 20, 1949, in Corpus Christi to Maggie Mae and Frank Nelson.
He is preceded in death by his father and wife, Jeannie Nelson.
Survivors include his mother; one son, James Nelson; three sisters, Audrey Ware, Janice Achey and husband Jerry, and Frances Morris and husband David; two brothers, Ronald Nelson and wife Kenda, and Donald Nelson and wife Kathy; one grandchild, Robert Alred; along with numerous other family members.
Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. at VFW Post 6290 in Refugio, 1002 N. Victoria Hwy. in Refugio.