~ The Obituary ~
Frank Nelson departed this life on November 5, 2021 at home with his wife. He was the son of the late Mack Lester and Mary Watson Nelson. Frank attended Dillon County Public Schools and worked on the farm until he moved to New York in the 1970's where he settled and began a new life.
Frank worked as a truck driver for Dubovsky & Sons for many years. He was known for being a jack of all trades and had many skills. During the first half retirement, Frankdevoted much of his time to bettering the lives of others. He did community work with the Women of Faith Christian Ministry and Mentored children at the South Jamaica Queens Boys and Girls Club of New York.
Sports were always a passion for Frank. He loved baseball the most and remained actively involved over the years. Frank played, taught children to play, he coached and was even an umpire. Many trophies sit on the mantle to remind us of his accomplishments in the sport.
Frank had a deep love for his first home and returned to South Carolina in 2001 where he lived happily until he made his final transition. Frank loved to stay busy and loved to help others. As a leader he supported his community in various ways. Frankworked as a mentor to recovering addicts in a drug and alcohol program. He also actively operated a community food bank "Manna House." Frank was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He was often called on to prepare feasts for the members. He took great joy in bringing his grill out to cook up some good barbeque.
Frank loved life and most of all he loved his family. There wasn't anything he wouldn't do to help his loved ones. Frank was truly a friend to everyone, a protector of his family and a man with a big heart.
Frank leaves to rejoice in his loving memories, wife Linda Gilchrist-Nelson, seven children: Teresa (Lonnie) Jones of Pittsburgh, PA, Regina (Hamin) Spellman of Denver, CO, Tyrone (Tawana) Boyd of Greensboro, NC, Crystal (Arielle) Nelson of Barlett, IL, Julian Nelson of Bronx, NY, Gregory Paige of Pittsburgh, PA, and Jamal Young of Mullins, SC.
He also leaves ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one grandchild he will meet in heaven; two brothers: Henry Nelson, Charles (Melissa) Nelson: three sisters: Brenda Samuel, Bertha Willis and Henrietta Smith. He also leaves a father-in-law, Grady Gilchrist Sr. of Mullins, SC; one aunt: Lizzie Ford of Zion, SC; one uncle: William Caneryof Dillon, SC and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Frank will be reunited with his parents and siblings; Christine, Arthur Mack, Bishop, Ernestine, Deanna, Jannie Mae, & John, all of whom preceded him in death.