Celebrating the life of Raphael B. Nelson, Sr.
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Raphael B. Nelson, Sr.
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A Time To Be Born: Brother Raphael B. Nelson was born April 6, 1934 in Kingston, Jamaica to the late Nathaniel Nelson and Mable Nelson.
A Time To Live And Work: In his early years he attended school in Kingston, Jamaica. After leaving Kinston he traveled to the USA where he established his citizenship as an American Citizen. As a young man he made Brooksville, Florida his home, where he began his work history as a seasonal worker. He later became an employee of Brooksville Rock. After a time Brother Nelson left Brooksville Rock and entered into employment with Gulf Oil Chemical, where he remained until his retirement. Our family is so blessed to have such a great father, grandfather, great-grandfather, patriarch and friend.
A Time To Depart For Eternal Rest: Raphael B. Nelson departed this life on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at his home in Brooksville, Florida.
A Time To Mourn: Brother Raphael B. Nelson was a devoted husband, loving father and an extraordinary grandfather and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his wife, sister Mary Frances Nelson and his oldest son Chester Ray Roach. He leaves to cherish his memory: Two sons, Raphael Nelson, Jr. (Wilma) of Anniston, AL and Lloyd Nelson (Leslie) of Largo, FL; Four daughters, Margie Watkins (Tim) of Summerfield, FL, Frances V. Grimsley (Jimmy) of Crystal River, FL, Patricia Ann Maner (Garrett) of Ocala, FL and Valerie Williams (Arthell) of Brooksville, FL; daughter-in-law, Petra Roach of Tampa, FL; God-daughter, Loretta Robinson (Dale) of Spring Hill, FL; sister-in-law, Gertrude Roach of Tampa, FL; Three brothers, Nathaniel Nelson (Malvie), Percival Nelson and Sylvester Nelson (Connie all of Kingston, Jamaica and One sister, Arthules Small of Kingston, Jamaica. He leaves behind twenty grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, a host of cherished nieces, cousins, nephews and sorrowing friends.
Viewing: Friday, November 1, 2013 ~ 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ~ Cason Funeral Chapel ~ 830 School Street ~ Brooksville, FL 34601
Services: Saturday, November 2, 2013 ~ 11:00 a.m. ~ Allen Temple A.M.E. Church ~ 824 Leonard Street ~ Brooksville, FL 34601
Interment: Brooksville Cemetery ~ Brooksville, FL