Address: Plum Branch
Date of Death: Friday, February 15, 2013
Arrangements: Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home
Details: A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Rathey Stevens Nelson and Deloras Boone Nelson. He was also preceded in death by his wife: Virginia Carroll Nelson, who died on May 15, 2007; a sister: Ruth Hensley; and a brother: Lloyd Stevens.
Howard was a World War II Army veteran, part of the greatest generation, serving as a Corporal with Battery “C” 202 nd. AAA AW BN in the Philippines. He was a life member of Burnsville Lodge # 717 AF and AM, serving twice as Master and was a Certified Lecturer, and a former District Deputy Lecturer. Howard was an honorary member of the Bald Creek Lodge # 397 AF and AM
Howard was a member of Plum Branch Baptist Church, where he had served as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, and Deacon. He was a retired employee of Parker Bros. Hosiery Mill of Old Fort, where he worked as a fixer. He loved his family and friends and will be missed so very much.
Surviving are a daughter: Carolyn Foxx and husband, Dennis, of Burnsville, a son: Rev. Kenneth Nelson and wife, Cathy, of Jonesville, NC; two grandsons: Tim Foxx and wife, Jennifer, and Josh Nelson and wife, Valerie; a great grandson: Jackson Foxx; a great granddaughter: Madison Nelson; and a nephew: Donald Hensley and wife, Jearline, all of Burnsville.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. David Gillespie will officiate. Masonic Graverites will be conducted by Burnsville Lodge #717 AF and AM in the Boone Cemetery on Plum Branch.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Monday at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home of Carolyn Foxx. Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 29714.