John Felix Nelson, 89, husband of Angeline "Bessie" Sanders Nelson, departed this life on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at the VA Dorn Hospital, Columbia.
Born June 14, 1920, in Sumter County, he was the son of the late Francis Nelson. Felix was a beloved husband, dedicated father, loving grandfather, and great-grandfather. He owned and operated Bargain Fair Variety Store, better known as Nelson’s Store for 55 years. He provided mere needs and goods for people within the neighboring community.
At an early age, Felix accepted Jesus Christ into his life and became a member of St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church. Later on in life, he joined Kingsbury Road Church of Christ, where he was a devoted member. He often did missionary work throughout Sumter’s Communities.
Felix attended Sumter County Public Schools. He joined the United States Army in 1943, serving in World War II. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he met and married his beloved wife Angeline "Bessie" Sanders.
He worked at Sumter Machinery, Shaw AFB and later as a Security Guard for Wells Fargo, where he retired. He was also an active member of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Association.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his beloved wife, Angeline "Bessie" Nelson of Sumter; two sons, Delmus J. Nelson (Terri) of Washington, DC, Eric K. Nelson (Peggy) of Rock Hill; three daughters, Connie A. Wilson (Willie) of Sumter, Valerie V. Estes (Michael) of Houston, TX, Jackqueline V. Dozier (Anthony) of Clinton, MD; one sister, Martha Williams of Orangeburg; one daughter-in-law, Jean Kelly Nelson of Charleston; twenty four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother-in-law; three sisters-in-law; a special cousin, David "Dee" Nelson (Magnolia); a host of nieces, nephews, other cousins, relatives and friends.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister, Ruben and Herbert Nelson, and Nancy Reid; one son, Larry D. Nelson; two grandsons, Varian D. "Kelly" and John Phillip Nelson.
The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter, Connie Nelson Wilson 1890 Salters Town Road, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 1:30 p. m.
The Funeral procession will leave from the home at 1: 50 p. m.
Floral bearers will be ladies of Kingsbury Road Church of Christ.
Pall bearers will be Claude Helton, Ronald Taylor, Elijah Burgess, Perry Pettiford, Freddrick Marshall and Milton Brown.
Burial will be in the Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter.
Funeral services will be held 2:30 p. m., Thursday, February 11, 2010 from the Kingsbury Road Church of Christ, 215 Kingsbury Drive, Sumter, with the Evangelist Melvin Sapp, Elder, eulogist, assisted by Rev. M. G. Walters, Evangelist Eli Baldwin, and Evangelist John Harris.