January 16, 2003

(3/29/1946 - 1/6/2003)

James Douglas "JD" Nelson, 56, of Memphis, MO, died January 6, 2003, at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Administration Hospital in Columbia, MO.

He was born March 29, 1946 in Washington, DC to Charles Ray and Mildred Hazel Dobyns Nelson.

He grew up in the Memphis area and graduated from Scotland County High School in 1963 and received a Bachelors Degree in Science from the Northeast Missouri State University in 1968. He then enlisted in the Marine Corps for two years.

He married Vicki Sublett and to this union two children were born.

He owned The Driftwood Restaurant and Lounge at Little Swan Lake near Avon, IL with Gary Crowell for two years and managed Club 41 in St. Augustine, IL for Al Wagy for 10 years. He then moved his family back to Memphis, where he owned and operated JD's Restaurant and Lounge for 10 years.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #16 AF and AM of Memphis, MO and a member of the Wallace W. Gillespie Post #4958 VFW.

He is survived by a daughter, Angela Christine Nelson of Memphis, MO and a son, Anthony Christopher Nelson of New Orleans, LA and a granddaughter, Payton Elizabeth Nelson of Memphis, MO; a brother, William "Bill" Nelson and his wife, Carol of Davenport, IA; one aunt, Esta Mae Nelson of Memphis, MO; three nephews and one great-nephew.

He was preceded in death by is parents.

He was a member of the Mt. Moriah Methodist Church.

A memorial service was held at the Memphis Funeral Home on January 10, 2003, with Pastor Jim Campbell officiating. Burial followed in the Memphis Cemetery with full military honors given by the Wallace W. Gillespie Post #4958 of Memphis, MO. Honorary bearers were Gary Crowell, Mark Mattingly, Jason Middleton, Rich Pool, Jeff Smith, Roger Robinson, Al Wagy and Gary Young. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Wallace W. Gillespie Post #4958 of Memphis, MO. Memphis Funeral Home of Memphis, MO was in charge of arrangements.

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