Posted: Fri 9:48 AM, Feb 09, 2018
January 16, 1933 - February 6, 2018
Jim Larry Nelson ("Larry"), of College Station, TX, went to be with his Lord on February 6, 2018. Born in Houston on January 16, 1933, Larry had just enjoyed celebrating his 85th birthday. He died peacefully, with family in attendance, of a progressive lung disease. He was a lifelong Texas resident, living primarily in Houston and College Station. He was a graduate of University of Houston with a Masters' from Sam Houston State.
Because of the qualities he possessed and cultivated, he was loved and admired by many, and will be deeply missed by family and friends. He was generous and loved to help others, compassionate, personable, full of fun and life, honest, encouraging; a loving husband and father. He was a natural leader. Most of all, he was completely genuine.
Larry was a true "Renaissance Man," having worked as a teacher, preacher, rehabilitation counselor, and small business owner; he was a handyman, an avid hunter and fisherman, outdoorsman, and music lover who had a marvelous baritone voice. He loved to listen to the Gaither Vocal Band. Larry enjoyed recounting humorous stories of people he had known, the dogs he loved and practical jokes he had played. He delighted young children with his Donald Duck imitation.
He was predeceased by his dear wife of 42 years, Sandra; parents, Leroy and Opal Nelson; sister, Danice Boler; and great-grandson, Roane Nelson, born February 6, 2012. He is survived by his beloved wife of 19 years, Shirley Nelson; daughter, Kimberly Gail Nelson; sons and daughters-in-law, Brit & Dawn Nelson of Houston; and Barry & Debbie Nelson of Cochrane, Alberta; stepson, Tim Trae Tindall; grandchildren, Shane & Erin Nelson of Brenham; Shanna & Michael Greene of Augusta, GA; Sharla Nelson; Nathan, Stephen, and Sophie Nelson; and Joseph Tindall; six great-grandchildren, and many dear nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Donations in Larry's honor are greatly appreciated and can be made to the school where his son serves, The Canadian S. Baptist Seminary & College, at www.csbs.ca/donate .
Lastly, the family greatly appreciates the excellent care provided to Jim Larry by Guardian Home Health, CHI-St. Joseph Hospital. & St. Joseph Hospice Inpatient Clinic during his illness.
He will live on forever with the Lord and in the hearts and memories of his family with a lifetime of many friends.
A memorial service to honor Larry will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Graceview Baptist Church in Tomball.
Please visit Larry's tribute page at www.hillierfuneralhome.com to share stories and memories.