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Raphael B. Nelson, Sr.

April 6, 1934 October 26, 2013
Raphael B. Nelson,  Sr.
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Obituary for Raphael B. Nelson, Sr.
For I believe that Jesus died and rose again even so, Them which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him, Where fore comfort one another with these words.
~1 Thessalonians 4:14-18
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
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