Nelson, William Russell, Sr. (Ringgold)

Monday, January 29, 2018

William Russell Nelson, Sr., 91, of Ringgold, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018. He was born in Rockwood, Tn. to the late Walter and Elizabeth Nelson. He had resided in the Northwest Georgia and Chattanooga area for the past fifty years. He was a former resident of Greenhead, Fl. for several years while he served in the U.S. Air Force. He served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Air Force, and retired after 23 years of service in the Air Force.

After retiring from the Air Force, he worked as an electrician and was the owner/operator of W.R. Nelson Electric Company. He enjoyed fishing and reading his bible; he had worn out about five bibles.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Jean Holloway Nelson; sister, Wilma Thier; and brothers, Fred and Charles Nelson.

He is survived by his sons, William Russell “Bill” (Karen) Nelson, Jr., of Ringgold, Cecil Ray Nelson of Ringgold and Michael Edward Nelson of LaFayette; sisters, Thelma Grimm, Opal Neeves, both of Fl., Gladys Smith of Rockwood, Robbie Van Winkle of Ringgold, Hazel Farmer of Chattanooga, Donald “Todd” Nelson of Ringgold; six grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Nelson’s wishes were to be cremated and scattered with his wife.

Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Homes - Wallis-Stewart Chapel Ringgold. Online register book may be signed at

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