Paul Hunter Nelson, 85, a resident of the Chenoweth Creek community, Elkins, WV departed this life Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 28, 2012, in Davis Memorial Hospital at Elkins, with his family at his side. He had been in declining health.
He was born Thursday, Nov. 10, 1927, at Bemis, a son of the late. William Classidy and Julia Anna Phares Nelson.
On Dec. 2, 1945, at Elkins, he was married to the former Dessie Norma Ketterman, who survives. They had celebrated 67 years of marriage.
Also surviving are three daughters, Dorothy Ann "Dottie" Jones of Elkins, Bonnie Nelson Luna and husband, Luis, of Salisbury, Md., and Donna Kaye Nazelrod and husband, David, of Elkins. In addition, surviving are one sister, Bonnie "Halleen" Rogers of Buckhannon; Jonathan Paul Calain, whom Paul loved and raised like a son, and his wife, Amy, and daughters, Sydney and Kiley; and several nieces.
Preceding him in death were three brothers, William Classidy "Buck," David "Leon" and Harold Jay Nelson; and one son-in-law, James Burton Jones.
He attended the two-room school at Alpena. Paul worked hard all his life to provide for his family. At age 16, he began working for the Western Maryland Railroad, where he started as a line maintenance laborer, moving then to assistant track foreman and foreman and eventually a foreman at the Elkins railyard. He spent 43 years maintaining tracks throughout the Central Highlands in often grueling conditions. He founded Nelson's Excavating and operated heavy equipment, preparing numerous sites and foundations in the area. He also owned and operated Nelson's Trailer Court on Chenoweth Creek Road. Beyond his working life, Paul was known as someone of great generosity. He never met a stranger. He enjoyed hunting deer and an occasional turkey and took several fishing trips to Canada. Most of all, he knew and loved the Lord and knew his salvation was assured.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home chapel Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Ken Shiflet, Pastor Michael Cross and Pastor Don Hepler will officiate, and interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery at Elkins.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Paul Hunter Nelson. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.