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Robert John Nelson

June 11, 1933 ~ March 2, 2018 (age 84)

Robert John Nelson, 84, of Burnsville died Friday, March 2, 2018.  He was born June 11, 1933 in Kernersville (Forsyth County) NC.  He was the only son of the late Paul Robert and Jessie Lou Nelson.  He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Ann.  He graduated from NC State University and served in the US Army.  He then worked for an amazing 40 years with the United States and North Carolina Departments of Agriculture.  He was a wonderful husband, father and friend to many.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Mary Hensley Nelson; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Joey Lindsay of Morganton; and a brother-in-law, Douglas Hensley of Burnsville.

A private burial will be held at the Banks Family Cemetery on Bolen’s Creek.  Rev. Joe Bennett will officiate. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, of which he was a member.  Dr. John Fowler will officiate. Visitation and reception will follow in the Family Life Center.

In lieu of Flowers, memorials may be made to Yancey Hospice and Palliative Care 856 George’s Fork Road, Burnsville NC 28714 or Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church P.O. Box 85, Burnsville, NC 28714.


Donations may be made to:

Hospice of Yancey County
856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville NC 28714
Tel: 1-828-682-9675

Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church
P. O. Box 85, Burnsville NC 28714
Tel: 1-828-682-2835


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