Aged Pioneer Passes Away
Col. W. L. Nelson Dies After Long Illness
Funeral Tuesday 10 A. M.
Is Survived by Eight children and One Sister; Here About Half Century.
May 22, 1911
Col W. L. Nelson, an old citizen of this county, and a brave Confederate soldier, died Sunday night at 8:30 after a long illness. He was born in Kentucky on August 17, 1832, and was therefore seventy-eight years nine months and 4 days old.
Mr. [William Lytle] Nelson came to Texas some fifty years ago, settling in Collin county, where he has resided ever since, with the exception of one year spent in Denton, near Prosper. He was married twice, his second marriage being to a daughter of another pioneer citizen of the Prosper community. Mrs. Nelson's maiden name was Miss Jane E. London. She died last year. Mr. Nelson made his home near Stony Point for many years, moving to McKinney in 1895, since which time he has been one of the city's most value citizens. The children surviving him are J. B. Nelson of Mexia, Mrs. M. E. Lindsey of Fort Worth, Mrs. S. A. Fleming of Chambliss, Mrs. George Osburn, of Melissa, Mrs. Willie Brown of Melissa, D. L. Nelson of McKinney, Mrs. C. J. Haley of Winchester, Tenn., and Otis Nelson of McKinney. Mrs. Nora Blake of Glazier is a step-daughter, and Mrs. Ann Stiff of McKinney is his only sister.
The funeral services will be held at the home on North Kentucky Street tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. G. B. Airhart, pastor of the Baptist church at Grapevine, followed by interment in Pecan Grove cemetery.
Col. Nelson had for many years been a faithful member of the Baptist church and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.
As a Confederate soldier he served with honor and courage on many a field. As a citizen he was patriotic and loyal, doing his duty as he saw it, with clear vision and strict adherence to a high standard.
The passing of these faithful old citizens is noted with deep regret. They are fast going, the men of the early day, who toiled and sacrificed to make the Collin county of today when it is to spread the Gospel where it was unknown, leaving an indelible impression on the generations to come and setting for them a standard that will be an inspiration for the young men of this and future generations.
To the bereaved ones these papers, with a lot of friends, extend sincere sympathy.
Funeral services for Edna Mae Nelson 89, of McKinney, who died Saturday in a McKinney Nursing Home, will be held at 3:30 Monday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel, with Rev. Rickey Hargraves and Rev. Calvin Ussery officiating.
Interment will be in Ridgeview Memorial Park with Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in charge.
She was a member of King Memorial Baptist Church for 51 years.
Survivors include one daughter, Opal Wright, McKinney; one sister Ethel Jack, Denison; 3 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Roy Clay Nelson, Cafe Operator, Dies at 60
Celina - Roy Clay Nelson, 60, who for many years owned and operated Nelson Cafe in Celina, died Tuesday in his home at Celina.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in the First Baptist Church with Rev. A. A. Johnston, pastor, conducting the services. Burial will be in Gunter Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites. Morgan-Scott Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Nelson was born March 2, 1902 in Anna. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Celina.
Survivors are his mother Mrs. Nora Nelson and his brother Carl. S. Nelson, both of Celina.