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Mr. James Forrest Nelson

July 05, 1935 - April 04, 2017

In Loving Memory of James Forrest Nelson

Arise, shine for the light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.                                                                                                                                 Isaiah 60:1

James Nelson was a great man of God.

James Forrest Nelson began his life in a rural city of Aspin Hills, Tennessee, Giles County.  His parents were Hume Nelson Sr. and Ruby Mae Swift, who both preceded him in death.  Along with two sisters and a brother, they moved to Indianapolis while very young.  James attended I.P.S. School #37, and graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis.  He studied Automotive Repair at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  James married Veta R. Griggs-Nelson (deceased) and three children were born to this union. When James returned to Indianapolis, he worked for Pennyman’s Auto Body Shop,  before  he started his career with  United Parcel Service.   The next 36 years he dedicated over 35 years of service to this company.  He started as a package handler and moved his way up to head mechanic working on the trucks.  He was totally devoted and loved UPS.  He kept in touch with his fellow “UPSers” and was respected by many at the company well after his retirement.  In fact, he was the only employee after retirement, on W.16th St. that could go through the gates without a badge!  James later married Elinor Myers his wife of nearly 42 years.

James was a member of Trinity C.M.E. Church for 50 years.  He was a member of the Trustee Board, the Male Chorus, and the Leora B. Myers Missionary Circle.  James continued during his illness to work in the food pantry ministry and delivered meals.   He was active with the local, district, annual, and general Conferences levels of the C.M.E. Church.  Offices held:   - Former Lay Leader of the Ohio Central Indiana Region for 6 years   - Former Annual Conference Trustee    - District Level President of Men’s Fellowship  and Ministry to Men   -He was elected 5 times as a delegate to the General Conferences

James was a Trinity’s Boy Scout Master for 6 years, Troup #420, with 23 boys.  He also involved himself with mentoring and teaching at the Indiana Juvenile Correctional Facility.

James loved working on and rebuilding antique cars.  You never saw him without a tool in his hand.  He loved to garden and stayed in his yard making sure everything was to his perfection and often shared plants with his daughters.  James was energetic and volunteered in the neighborhood working to help trim hedges, cutting grass, etc. He loved to travel and has been half way around the world,  visiting places such West Africa, Brighton, England, (World Methodist Council), Greece,  islands in the Caribbean, and of course many U.S. states.  James was a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and a Mason of the Meridian Lodge #33.  

James was a awesome man of faith, service and integrity.  He was a very humble man that gave back to others, through work, mentoring, and giving to charitable organizations, never  looking to be recognized or to be seen.  He had a kind heart, and loved everyone.  He was always checking up on his family, making what was called “popcorn visits,” taking some kind of love packages and making sure everyone was ok.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Sons, James Nelson Jr., Mark Nelson Sisters Bessie (Bobby) White, Elizabeth (Howard) Tyler, , Grandsons William Nelson Jr.,  DeJon Nelson, Father in law, Frank Griggs, Mothers-in  law Thelma Griggs , Lois Myers, Brother in-law, Donald Myers.

He leaves to cherish his memories:  Wife Elinor Nelson, a beautiful blended extended family of children, Daughters, Thelma M. (Quintin) Collins, Franzetta (Calvin) Jackson, sons Darrell Thompson, Walter (Jeanette) Nelson, William (Lisa) Nelson.  Fifteen wonderful grandchildren, 5 fabulous great grandchildren, Brother Hume Nelson Jr, Father-in-Law Elmon Myers, Sister in-law, Ruth Myers, Brother-in-Law Louis G (Charlotte) Myers.  He also leaves to cherish his memory are several beautiful nieces, and handsome nephews, many friends, neighbors, and his Trinity C.M.E. Church family.

James F. Nelson was the family patriarch.  He has taught many valuable life lessons.  The dictionary defines a general as “holding superior rank,” a commissioned officer who ranks above a lieutenant general and whose insignia is four stars.  Our James F. Nelson has now earned his “FIVE” Star status and is now with his Heavenly Father.

Funeral Information

Services for James will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 12pm with a visitation 2 hours prior.

Mr.  James  Forrest Nelson

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