Charles Wade Nelson, beloved father and grandfather, outstanding educator, honored mentor, respected singer, and extraordinary story-teller, passed away peacefully in his son's home on June 1. His life will be celebrated at a private family memorial service, and in the continued stories of all who loved and admired him.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas to John and Madge Nelson, while in the army stationed at Camp Howze, Charles met the love of his life, Betty Jean Brown in Gainesville on Easter Sunday 1945, and they married on May 30, 1947.
He graduated from University of North Texas in 1951 as a Master Music Education, and taught choir at the high school and university levels. During this time and after his retirement in 1986 Charles performed over 2300 times with 71 symphony orchestras in 49 states and 15 foreign countries, including several performances with the great Robert Shaw and Pablo Casals.
Charles and his family also spent many summers working at Camp Sweeney, where he served as a counselor and assistant camp director for 20 years.
Charles is survived by son, Charles David of Denton, Texas and daughter, Bari Ann Nelson Nicolls of Colorado Springs, Colorado, seven grandchildren and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Nelson, son Byron Nelson III, his parents, brother Byron Nelson, and sister Margaret Sherman.
Memorials may be made to the Charles & Betty Nelson Endowed Vocal Music Scholarship at Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.pbfuneraldirectors.com.
Published on June 5, 2018