August 6, 1916 – August 10, 2013 Nelson,
The doors of Heaven opened Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. and welcomed Ernest Gilbert Nelson, Jr. to his new home.
Gilbert was born in Medicine Mound, Texas on August 6, 1916 and just celebrated his 97th birthday. He graduated from Wolfe City High School and attended East Texas State University. Mr. Nelson was a member, Deacon, and Sunday School Teacher of the First Baptist Church of Wolfe City, Past President of the Chamber of Commerce and charter member and Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Wolfe City. He was instrumental in getting Meals on Wheels brought to Wolfe City, establishing a senior citizen center, upgrading the Wolfe City Park and placing street signs and numbering the homes in Wolfe City. After 33 years with Ennis Texas Tag, he retired to enjoy life and his family. When he moved to Greenville in 1984, he became a founding member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club of Greenville and received the George F. Hixson Fellowship Award. He was an active member and Deacon of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Gilbert Sr. and Ruth Wasson Nelson, one brother, James Nelson and two sisters, Irma Ruth Traylor and Ida Lee McDonald, his wife of 51 years, Minnie Boyd Carpenter Nelson, and his second wife of 16 years, Alvaretta Stewart Nelson.
He is survived by his three children, Gordon Nelson of Ft. Worth and his wife Lora Lea, Ernie Nelson of Longview and his wife Lynne and Iris Carol McWhirter of Dallas and her husband Tom, 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great- grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home in Wolfe City, Texas from 6:00 till 8:00 P.M.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Chapel at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Wolfe City, Texas with Brother Rodney Williams officiating.
Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery with Vance Nelson, Jared Nelson, Gil Nelson, John Marshall, Troy Fearon, James McIntosh, Ethan Nelson, and Kenneth Burnam serving as pallbearers.