COL. (Ret) Melvin Wayne Nelson, age 81 of Mt. Juliet, TN, passed away November 3, 2017. He was preceded in death by parents, Wayne and Serephine Nelson; brother, Randall Nelson.
He is survived by loving wife of 59 years, Genelle Nelson; son, Mickey (Teri) Nelson; daughters, Penny (Robert) Forrest, Candy (Tim) Burgess, and Buffey (David) Davis; 8 grandchildren, Macy Forrest (Blake) Amos, Melanie Nelson, Camden Burgess, Kenzie Davis, Micayla Nelson, Kassidy Davis, Eli Burgess, and Kiley Davis; sister, Joyce (Randolph) Harris; lifelong friend, Norman Gillespie; numerous nieces, nephews, and loved ones also survive.
Melvin graduated from Celina High School in 1953 and also attended Draughon’s Business College. He was a successful business man owning Melvin’s Texaco and Market in Mt. Juliet, TN for approximately 20 years. Melvin was employed by Ford Motor Company for 42 years as well as serving 32 years as a decorated member of the Tennessee Army National Guard. For many years, he was a TSSAA football and basketball referee and he never met a stranger.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 6, 2017 at 1 p.m. at The Glade Church in Gladeville, TN. Interment followed in Hermitage Memorial Gardens with Camden Burgess, Eli Burgess, Blake Amos, Marty Madewell, Tony Bates, Jay Blevins, Wayne Nelson, and Lance Jenkins serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Don Deering, Frank Pointer, Ford Motor Company UAW, Tennessee Army National Guard Association.
Visitation with the family began at the Glade Church, Sunday, November 5 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Monday, November 6 from 11 a.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Operation Stand Down. Address: 1125 12th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37203. Phone: (615) 248-1981.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2229 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, 615-758-5459, obituary line 615-758-8818, www.sellarsfuneralservices.com.