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Obituary - Byron Lee Nelson
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home
Byron Lee Nelson
CLAXTON -- Byron Lee Nelson, born June 22, 1963, in Savannah, passed away on March 24, 2022.
    He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Patrice Hammock Nelson of Claxton; and siblings, Robert C. Nelson (Susan) of Pembroke, Ga.; Barbara Nelson Lanier of Savannah, Ga.; Susan Nelson Keady (Jeff) of Thomaston, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
    Byron was predeceased by his parents, Martha J. Nelson and Charles R. Nelson of Claxton.
    He graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Business Administration and was always a dedicated Eagle fan.
    Upon graduation, he went into the auto parts business full-time with his father, Charlie, having helped part-time all through his early school days and college career.
    He eventually bought Nelson Auto Parts out-right and continued to own and operate it for 20 years before changing careers into the local banking business. His last day on the job was Monday, March 21, at The Claxton Bank as a banking officer.
    Byron was a member of Claxton Rotary Club and participated routinely in the Georgia Southern Coaches Caravan. He missed very few Georgia Southern or Claxton High home football games.
    Day trips with wife, Patrice, to Savannah, Tybee and Jekyll were also regular outings.
    He and Patrice were members of Eastside Baptist Church in Claxton, where Byron attended Sunday school.
    Later in life, he took up distance running, completing several area 5K runs over the past few years.
    Byron was tall in physical stature, but possessed a quiet, gentle, easy-going spirit, speaking softly but firmly and always garnering respect and friendship from everyone he met.
    He was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband and friend and will be greatly missed by all.
    Memorials can be made/sent to the Rotary Club or Brewton Cemetery.
    Social-distancing will be observed during the service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are not required, but highly recommended.
    Visitation: Monday, March 28, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Eastside Baptist Church at the ROC.
    Funeral: Monday, March 28, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Eastside Baptist Church at the ROC with Phillip Williams officiating. Burial: Brewton Cemetery in Hagan, Ga.
    Remembrances: Brewton Cemetery, P.O. Box 978, Claxton, GA 30417; or Claxton Rotary Club, P.O. Box 176, Claxton, GA 30417.
    Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    (912) 739-3338, www.nesmithfuneralhome.com.

Statesboro Herald, March 29, 2022
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