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50 North Pinch Road
Elkview, WV 25071
Phone: (304) 965-3331
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Kenneth Nelson

Kenneth Donald Nelson

Wednesday, January 4th, 1939 - Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
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Kenneth Donald Nelson

Kenneth Donald Nelson, 81, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020, to be with the Lord. He was surrounded by his family that he had touched in so many ways throughout his life.

Kenneth served in the U.S. Navy on board the USS Chambers, where they called him Elvis due to his beautiful voice and charming good looks. Kenneth was an avid singer, whose voice carried into the heart of everyone who heard him.

He was a member of the Sandy Grove Baptist Church in Elkview, and enjoyed singing with the choir and at times, in the Living Word Quartet during services. He enjoyed serving the Lord and was baptized in September of 1999.

Kenneth married the love of his life, Carolyn Sue (Key) Nelson in 1959, and they lived inseparable for sixty years. Kenneth filled his family's lives with music, inspired them, loved them, and taught them how beautiful life is. He worked hard and made them smile and laugh every day.

Kenneth was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who dedicated his life to supporting and loving his family.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents Woody and Bertha Nelson, siblings; Lowel Nelson, Searle Nelson, Eugene Nelson, Mondale Nelson, Don Nelson, Shearlean Harris, Junior Nelson, Leon, Don, and Sheila Nelson who was like a daughter to him.

He will be missed and is survived by his loving wife , Carolyn Nelson, his daughter; Tammy (Jesse) Madden, his four sons; Kenneth (Elaine) Nelson Jr., Rick (Paula) Nelson, Shane Nelson, and Shawn (Michelle) Nelson, his seven grandchildren; Ricky Nelson, Sheena (Nathan) Madden-Jackson, Lindsie (Brandon) Criner, Jacob Nelson, Brigette Madden, Trevor Nelson, and Alisha Nelson, and his great grandson; Micheal Henry Criner, as well as his two sisters; Shelby Nelson Roach, and Theo Nelson.

"He will forever be in their hearts."

The service will be held at 12pm Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Hafer Funeral Home in Elkview, with Pastor Dan Forwood officiating. Burial will follow at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 10am-12pm on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Hafer Funeral Home.

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Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road Elkview, WV 25071.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Hafer Funeral Home
    50 North Pinch Road
    ELKVIEW, WV 25071
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  • Service

    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 12:00pm
    Hafer Funeral Home
    50 North Pinch Road
    ELKVIEW, WV 25071
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    Pastor Dan Forwood
  • Interment

    Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens
    Glasgow, W.V.
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Sorry for your loss I worked with him at Kentucky Fried Chicken and loved to hear sing

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I’m so elated that Carson and I both were privileged to hear the sweet harmony of the voices of the Nelson family singing at uncle Leon's. It will always be our most cherished memories.

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