Kenneth Herman Nelson, Sr.

     Kenneth Herman Nelson, Sr., 86, of Craigsville, Virginia passed away Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at his home.

He was born June 5, 1935 in Lynchburg, Virginia, the son of the late Ralph Leonard Nelson, Sr. and Mami Evelyn Tyree Nelson.

Kenneth was employed as a trucker for Stillwater.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a lifetime volunteer member of the Craigsville Rescue Squad, who enjoyed dirt track racing and old school NASCAR, especially Bobby Allison and Bill Elliot, and loved listening to gospel music every Sunday and country music on the radio.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Nancy Lee Hartless Nelson; children: Edward L. Nelson of Craigsville, Kendall L. Nelson and wife Ashley of Churchville, Ken H. Nelson, Jr. and wife Sue of Madison Heights, Jeff Nelson and wife Sharon of Lynchburg; 9 grandchildren with one on the way, including 3 special grandchildren: Tommy Lee Nelson, Hayley Burke, and Alex Nicole Nelson; brother: Curtis Nelson and wife Donna of Covington; and his special pets, Booboo, Buddy Lee, and Rocky.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Leigh Ann Nelson; and a brother, Ralph Nelson, Jr.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 6, 2021 at Windy Cove Cemetery with Pastor Pam Campbell officiating.  The family will receive friends at his home at all other times.

Pallbearers will be Randy Layman, Roger Marshall, Thomas Nelson, Toby Sprouse, Brian Nelson, Keith Nelson, and Richard Hinkle.


  1. Bill baker

    He will be missed

    • Barbara M Desper

      So sorry to hear of this. He was a great guy and a friend. Work with him on the squad in craigsville enjoyed be around him. He will be missed by so may people.. send prayers to the family..MAY GOD BE WITH U ALL DURING THIS TIME. LEE AND MICHELLE DESPER

  2. Sandra Reeves Goodman

    I am so sorry I worked with Kenneth at Stillwater he was a really nice person. He was always talking NASCAR I was an Earnhardt fan so some good ribbing going on with each other. I certainly enjoyed talking over the years. He will be missed.

  3. Donna Walton

    Prayers for the family.

  4. Lisa McCray

    So sorry to learn of Kenneth’s passing. I met Kenneth while working at Stillwater. He was a great man and every time I would see him out in Craigsville we would chat. Very sweet, kind, gentle man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. I will certainly miss seeing Kenneth and his smile but I know I will see him one day in that glorious place called Heaven. Love, Lisa and Earl McCray

  5. John and Charlotte Coffman

    Kenneth will be missed by all. Worked at Stillwater with him. Nancy is such a sweet person. Just wanted to let the family know they are in our prayers. God bless y’all. Johnny and Charlotte Coffman

  6. Ida, John and Christy Sprouse

    Dear Nancy and family we are sorry to hear about Kenneth he will surely be missed his witty jokes and his kindness may the Lord comfort y’all in this time of sorrow . Nancy we always think the world of you and Mr Kenneth your sorrow is our sorrow , but remember this is not goodbye it’s see you on the other side you all are in our thoughts and prayers let the Lord fill your hearts and souls and comfort you ️

  7. Deborah Payne

    Nancy Lee and Family,

    So sorry to hear of your husbands passing. We grew up with Nancy Lee.
    May your memories be a blessing to you all

    Debbie P. Payne and William Lee Pollard


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