Attack Fatal to Resident
James H. Nelson, 70, a retired Humble Oil Company employee, was dead on arrival at a local hospital Sunday
night (January 19, 1975) after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday
at Wilbarger Street Church of Christ with T. Larry Marshall, minister and Weldon McKinney, assistant minister, officiating.
Services will also be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Kerens, Texas Church of
Christ. Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery.
Mr. Nelson, who lived at 3701 Texas Street, was born July 1, 1904, in Navarro County, Texas. He married Jewell
Colvin January 30, 1924, in Bazette, Texas. They moved to Vernon in 1959 from Spearman. He was a member of the Wilbarger Street Church of Christ and the
Survivors include his wife; four sons, Bob Nelson of Longview, Lesley Nelson of Pleasanton, California, Wesley
Nelson of Houston, and Tom Nelson of Texarkana; a daughter, Mrs. Jimmye Sharrer of Overton, Texas; a twin brother, Joe Nelson of
Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Rex Bailey of Corsicana; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including Sheriff
Jerry Shelton of Corsicana.
Paschal Funeral Home will direct in Kerens
and Mr. Nelson’s nephews will be pallbearers.
The above obituary is a composite of two, one appearing in the Vernon Daily Record, January 21, 1975, and the other appearing in (probably) the Corsicana Light,
either January 21st or 22nd.
James “Jim” Hogg Nelson and his identical twin brother, Joe Bailey Nelson,
were born near Montfort, Texas, to Edward Jefferson “Ed” Nelson and Sarah Ellen “Babe” Garner Nelson. He attended Bradley School, near Montfort, and
Wilson School, near Bazette. He worked for Humble Oil & Refining Company (later Exxon) for 40 years, working in both the oil fields
of East Texas and the Texas Panhandle. After his retirement, he became a wheat farmer in the Vernon area.
Submitted by Ronald Nelson - July 2003