In 1943 he entered the U.S. Army and served in World War II for three years. He then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 until 1965 until his retirement, serving in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
He was employed with Page Aircraft for seven years and later worked with the State ABC Board from 1974-1987. Nelson was a resident of Dothan since 1961. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Dothan, a lifetime member of the Dothan Elks Lodge and a member of the Green Valley Country Club.
Nelson was born April 28, 1924, in Marshall County, Ala.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Opal H. Nelson; a son, Dr. Carl Nelson; a daughter, Frances Nelson; three brothers, Albert Nelson, George McCoy and Bud Jones; and two sisters, Mattie M. Broyles and Betty Beasley.
Survivors include five brothers, Harold H. Nelson and Jack McCoy, both of Albertville, Ala., John Nelson of Victoria, Ronald Nelson of Refugio, and Donald Nelson of Corpus Christi; five sisters, Janice, Audrey, and Frances, all of Texas, Sarah Jane of Albertville, Ala. and Clementine of Florida; his step-mother, Maggie M. Nelson of Texas; a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren, all of Andalusia, Ala.; and special friend, Annette King of Dothan, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 26, at Byrd Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Bob Baxter and John Hodges, Lt. Col, Ret., USAF, officiating.
Burial was in Gardens of Memory Cemetery with Byrd Funeral Home on West Main Street directing. The family received friends at the funeral home from 2:45 until 3:45 Sunday prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 3012 W. Main St., Dothan, AL, 36305.
Byrd Funeral Home, (334) 793-3003, has charge.